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Wednesday 8/30

If you are flying to Rochester, you can have your luggage travel on the bus. Arrange for a friend to grab your luggage when the bus arrives. You’re responsible for getting yourself to the DoubleTree in Rochester. Courtesy shuttle to/from ROC airport: 585-475-1510, taxi is ~$18.

No luggage will go on the trailers to or from NY.

Imation Place
1 Imation Pl
Oakdale, MN 55128

7:30pm – Load buses @ Imation Place. Leave your luggage outside of the busses, a loading crew will take care of the tetris/jenga for you. “Do Not Tow” window signs will be available on site.
8:00pm – Depart
9:00pm – Pick-up @ McDonald’s in Eau Claire. “Do Not Tow” window signs will be available from bus captains. Carpool to minimize occupied parking spots.

6251 Truax Ln.
Eau Claire, WI 5470

Rest stops are all 15 minutes. Meal stops are all 1 hour. Bus captains will announce departure time.

Bus Captains

Joe Jaeger: 763-244-7076
Trevor Alwan: 712-326-7060

In case of emergency

Justin Foell: 612-720-3122
Katy Bensen: 651-324-0112

Thursday 8/31

~9:30am (Eastern) – Breakfast stop (1 hour)
~3:00pm – Arrive @ Rochester DoubleTree

Rochester DoubleTree
1111 Jefferson Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623

Eric Molho will be handling room assignments and keys. Find him to settle in.

~7:00pm – Parking lot rehearsal


Rooms feature down filled duvet and jumbo pillows, wireless high-speed Internet access, alarm
clock radio with MP3 connection, phone, television, mini-fridge, and in-room coffee maker.

The hotel also has a pool (hours posted), restaurant (6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.), bar (4 p.m. – 11 p.m.)
and fitness center (24 hrs).

Please remember that while most guests in the hotel are here for the DCA show, not all guests
will be on the same schedule. Be courteous to other guests particularly on our free nights.


The corps provides lunches during rehearsals for this weekend. All other meals are on your own. Our hotel is located across the street from a grocery store and within walking distance of several restaurants (see below). Our schedule is tight for several meals so you should plan ahead. In particular you should plan for:

  • Breakfast each morning (the buses will leave promptly at 8)
  • Sunday evening you will have limited time to prepare for the Finals show. In addition, those of you who are riding the bus will no longer have access to your hotel room and therefore will be using the rooms of those staying which means more people changing/showering in each room.
  • Sunday after the show people are often hungry. You should plan to purchase your bus snacks ahead of time as there are limited food options when the buses leave the stadium.

Across the Street

Burger King
Five Guys Burgers & Fries
Moe’s Southwest Grill
Pita Pit

Walking Distance

Boston Market
Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse
Macaroni Grill
Outback Steakhouse
Taco Bell


Salvatore’s Pizzeria (pizza, burgers, salads, pasta) 585-475-0055
Dominos Pizza 585-359-3330
Papa John’s Pizza 585-321-1100
Pizza Hut 585-427-8130

Friday 9/1

Buses will not stay at the rehearsal site all day, any day. Make sure to take everything you need for rehearsal off of the bus.

Bring swimsuits and towels, we’ll be heading straight from rehearsal to the beach.

7:00am – Wake-up call
7:30am – Buses available to load
8:00am – Depart for rehearsal site

500 Norton St.
Rochester, NY 14621

9:00am – Rehearsal (lunch provided)
6:00pm – Load equipment
6:30pm – Depart for Hotel
7:00pm – Arrive at Hotel
8:00pm – Shuttle leaves for I&E (Convention Center) / Dinosaur BBQ (another will also leave at 9pm)
~10:30pm – Last Shuttle leaves convention center immediately following Star United performance.

Saturday 9/2 – Prelims Show Day

7:00am – Wake-up call
7:30am – Buses available to load
8:00am – Depart for rehearsal site
9:00am – Rehearsal
11:45am – Load
12:15pm – Depart rehearsal site (to-go lunch provided)
12:30m – Arrive @ Hotel, get ready to perform
2:30pm – Depart Hotel

Capelli Sport Stadium
460 Oak St.
Rochester, NY 14608

2:45pm – Arrive @ Stadium, unload
3:15pm – Warm-up
4:31pm – Gate
4:49pm – Perform

After the performance, we’ll take some pictures, then load the trailers. Dinner is on your own. You can watch the remaining competing corps but you must stay in half uniform for admittance. Prelims night is a much better night to observe because you can go in any general admission ticket area. Finals seating is only from the side (see below). Head to the buses after the last performance & score announcement.

Sunday 9/3 – Finals Show Day

Bus riders will check out of their room before we leave for rehearsal. Make arrangements with someone who is flying to use their room for a shower before finals. Those flying may have to change rooms for Sunday night. Eric will let you know.

7:00am – Wake-up call
7:30am – Buses available to load
8:00am – Depart for rehearsal site
9:00am – Rehearsal (lunch provided)
12:30pm – Load-n-load
1:30pm – Depart rehearsal site
1:45pm – Arrive @ hotel, get ready to perform, dinner/snacks
4:45pm – Depart hotel
5:00pm – Arrive & unload
5:30pm – Warm-up
7:05pm – Gate
7:22pm – Perform
~8:00pm – Meeting @ trailer
~8:30pm – Load trailer, check in horns
10:00pm – Retreat

After the performance we’ll load the trailers. There’s no Eden Prairie performance this year, so we’ll be checking in all equipment finals night. Stay in half uniform as we’ll be going back out for retreat in full uniform after the last corps has performed. Once the trailers are loaded (as much as they can be without uniforms), you’re free to watch the remaining corps. Members may only sit in the approved end zone bleachers on finals night.

10:00pm – Line up for retreat

After retreat we’ll meet at the trailers one last time, sing, change out of uniform, and head home.


Monday 9/4 – Heading Home

~1:00am – Depart for Minnesota
6:00am – Breakfast stop (1 hour)
12:30pm (Central) – Lunch stop (1 hour)
~6:00pm – Arrive @ Imation Place.

Sounds of Minnesota

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Friday 8/25

South St. Paul HS
700 2nd St N
South St Paul, MN 55075

The SSP athletic department will be lining both fields for us. They require that no additional markings be made.

12:00pm – Unload
12:30pm – Rehearsal
1:00pm – Aux field available
4:30pm – Shower, dinner on your own, get ready to perform. No need to load/unload since South St. Paul is the show site.
6:30pm – Warm Up
7:55pm – Gate
8:04pm – Perform!

The MBI Alumni group will perform after we do, during tabulation.

~8:25pm – Alumni Performance
~8:40pm – Scores

After scores are announced, Minnesota Brass will join the MBI Alunni on the field to sing For All We Know.

Drum Corps Expo – St. Peter

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Before the show we’ll rehearse at a halfway-point between the Twin Cities and St. Peter, in Belle Plaine. It’s the same set up as in years past if you remember this facility. Bring everything you’ll need for rehearsal, shower, & performance.

Chatfield Elementary School
330 S Market St.
Belle Plaine, MN 56011

9:00am – Line fields, scaffolding for main field
10:00am – Rehearsal
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Rehearsal
2:45pm – Load, eat, travel to show site. Showers available at show site beginning at 3:30pm. From Belle Plaine, it’s about a 30 minute drive to the show site.

St. Peter HS
100 Lincoln Dr.
St Peter, MN 56082

5:30pm – Unload percussion trailer (front ensemble)
5:45pm – Unload uniform trailer
6:15pm – Warm-up begins
7:30pm – Gate
7:39pm – Perform

After the performance, everyone is welcome to an afterglow at Patrick’s on 3rd. They’ll have drum corps from every era playing on every screen, and they take requests.

125 S 3rd St
St Peter, MN 56082

Le Sueur Show & Red Wing Parade

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Drum Corps Luau

Le Sueur Henderson High School
901 Ferry St
Le Sueur, MN 56058

Give yourself enough time to travel safely to Le Sueur. This is a new show this year and our first “read” from DCA Judges this season.

9:00am – Field lining (two fields)

10:00am – Rehearsal
12:00pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Rehearsal
3:00pm – Shower, dinner on your own, get ready to perform
5:00pm – Warm-up
6:30pm – Gate
6:39pm – Perform
7:00pm – Full corps retreat – this is similar to what we’ll do at DCA Finals with some exceptions noted. Immediately following our performance we’ll line up on the track near the end-zone instead of exiting the stadium. Front Ensemble and equipment will exit the stadium per normal; change out of uniform, load the attic, and stage the rest of their equipment until the battery loads. The rest of the corps will line up single file (colorguard, hornline, battery) and enter the field at the back into a designated 10 yard zone.

This will be quick as there are only 3 competing units. Minnesota Brass will salute/attention when our name/score is announced. Afterwards feel free to say hello to our fellow competitors as everyone exits the field casually. Battery should immediately load equipment, then change out of uniform so the front ensemble can finish loading. Everyone else can change first then load per normal.

Travel safely!

Red Wing Parade

There is one bus heading down to Red Wing from Cottage Grove. It only holds 50 people – unless you want to squeeze a cheek and go 3 to a seat. The 50 people on this poll have dibs, others will have to carpool.

South Washington County Schools District Office
7362 E Point Douglas Rd.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

11:00am – Depart Cottage Grove

There is very little parking at the staging area. Those who are driving will have to find parking and walk to the staging area. The trucks will likely be parked somewhere near Central Park where the standstill is at the end of the parade.

410 Bush Street
Red Wing, MN 55066

We are unit #48, staging on 6th street between East Ave. & Bush St.

12:00pm – Arrive at Red Wing, unload, get into uniform
12:45pm – Warm-up
1:00pm – Parade starts
~1:30pm – Step off
~2:45pm – Standstill at Central Park
3:15pm – Load
4:00pm – Depart Red Wing for Cottage Grove
5:00pm – Arrive at Cottage Grove

March On! Show Day – Farmington, MN

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Big thanks to Becci O’Kane in the color guard for not only getting us a more southerly rehearsal site, but giving us an opportunity to connect with Park High School marching band members! (She teaches there.)

There are a few ground rules for both members and staff we need to observe:

  1. The Athletics department will be painting two fields for us with high school hashes, but we cannot add tick marks or any additional markings. This hopefully makes prep and the time required before rehearsal a little easier.
  2. Rehearsal requires shirt and shorts at all times. Tank tops are ok, bikini bottoms are not.

Park High School
8040 80th St S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

12:00pm – Rehearsal
~2:30pm – Fruit break
3:00pm – Stadium available
4:00pm – Park HS band members enter stadium to watch some ensemble and our run.
4:30pm – Load, shower, eat, travel to show site

Travel to Farmington High School is approximately 45 minutes whether you go north and briefly on 494 to 35E or if you go south to Hastings and west on Vermillion/160th. Options are limited because the Mississippi is in the way. I recommend going south through Hastings as it is likely to be much more predictable traffic-wise.

Farmington High School
20655 Flagstaff Ave
Farmington, MN 55024

7:15pm – Unload percussion trailer (front ensemble)
7:30pm – Unload uniform trailer
8:00pm – Warm Up begins
9:15pm – Gate
9:22pm – Perform!