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2014 Archives - Minnesota Brass

Members’ diary: Minnesota Brass wows home-state crowds

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Minnesota Brass performs Aug. 15 at the Sounds of Minnesota show in Mendota Heights, Minn.

Minnesota Brass performs Aug. 15 at the Sounds of Minnesota show in Mendota Heights, Minn.

As weekends go for Minnesota Brass, it doesn’t get much better than performing in two important competitions so close to home. That’s how the drum and bugle corps spent the past few days, and the results for its “Supernova” program were out of this world. Not only were the Minnesota crowds blown away by this year’s space-themed show, but so were the judges. Minnesota Brass now sits firmly placed among the upper echelon of competitors as the corps rounds the corner to the DCA championships in Rochester, N.Y., over Labor Day weekend.

That doesn’t mean Minnesota Brass members weren’t also having fun as they worked to hone their show. Check out what they had to say on Twitter during down time for Friday’s rehearsal and show in the Twin Cities and Saturday’s rehearsal in Jordan and show in St. Peter — everyone from new members like color guard performer Erika Kooda, a Spirit of Atlanta alumnus and college student in Chicago who joined Minnesota Brass just a month ago, to seasoned veterans like drum major Nancy Terry, who’s been with the corps for nine years.




Here’s to more great shows and good times in the coming weeks.

2014 Sounds of Minnesota Fan Survey

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Minnesota Brass was pleased to see so many drum corps fans on Friday, August 15, at our annual “Sounds of Minnesota” show at our new location, St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights.

Your opinions are very important to us – what you liked most, what you liked least, and what could be improved.

This short survey should take less than 5 minutes. Thank you in advance for your help. We hope you will be back next year the 2015 edition of “Sounds of Minnesota.”

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Minnesota Brass’ ‘Supernova’ hits Twin Cities, St. Peter this weekend

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10409548_10152543965327425_6986699940205348359_n2Minnesota Brass brings its innovative “Supernova” production to the Twin Cities and St. Peter this weekend. The Minnesota shows are the corps’ last two competitions before it heads to the DCA championships in Rochester, N.Y., over Labor Day weekend.

First up is Minnesota Brass’ home show, Sounds of Minnesota, which takes place 7 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights. Fellow competitors include the Govenaires of St. Peter and the Kilties of Racine, Wis., with exhibitions by Chops Inc., Brio Brass and Minne Brass. As always, Minnesota Brass’ rehearsal — 1-5 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Academy (949 Mendota Heights Rd., Mendota Heights) — will be open to the public.

On Saturday, Minnesota Brass heads to St. Peter for the Govies’ home show, Drum Corps Expo. The same corps will be competing, with Chops Inc. and other groups in exhibition, starting at 7 p.m. at St. Peter High School. Minnesota Brass will spend the day rehearsing about a half hour away at Jordan High School (600 Sunset Dr., Jordan), with a morning block from 9-11:45 and an afternoon block from 12:45-3:30.


Sounds of Minnesota finds a new home

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Our 2014 DCA competitive season has kicked into high gear after a solid performance at the Kiltie Klassic in Racine, WI. Next up is our season finale competitive performance in the Twin Cities at Sounds of Minnesota on Friday, August 15th at 7:00PM. This year the show has moved to a beautiful new venue – St. Thomas Academy High School in Mendota Heights. Come out and give us a strong send off to the DCA Championships and watch this fun line-up of all-age corps and ensembles:

  • Brio Brass – Minneapolis, MN
  • Chops, Inc. – Minneapolis, MN
  • Govenaires – St. Peter, MN
  • Kilties – Racine, WI
  • Minne-Brass
  • Minnesota Brass

On Saturday, August 16th we perform with the same line-up in St. Peter at the Govenaires’ home show – Drum Corps Expo.

Minnesota Brass salutes alumni at DCI finals

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Nick Soden performs with the Blue Knights. (Credit: Billy Soden)

Nick Soden (right) performs with the Blue Knights. (Credit: Billy Soden)

As the 2014 Drum Corps International World Championships get underway, Minnesota Brass would like to recognize our alumni who perform in the corps competing this week in Indianapolis. They include:

Alex Cary – Troopers
Matthew Coke – Colts
Bryan DeHerder – Madison Scouts
Ryan Denny – Colts
Keegan Greene – Madison Scouts
Cole Hanton – Colts
Dani Lovitz– Blue Stars
Joseph Mauer – Blue Stars
Aaron Martin – Colts
Shawn Muench – Phantom Regiment
Nick Soden – Blue Knights

Also a special shout-out to Emily Kahlow, whose season with the Colts ended recently due to a broken foot.

These young men and women have applied what they learned in Minnesota Brass and other marching ensembles and taken it to another stage. The best part is that when they age out of DCI, they can still perform with Minnesota Brass.

We wish them the best of luck in Indianapolis.