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MBI Winter Guard Advances to WGI Finals!

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“It was an absolutely stellar performance” said MBI Winter Guard co-director, Wil Furnstahl about the guard’s semi-final execution at Wright State University’s Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio on Friday afternoon.  The guard was seeded 16th after their preliminary performance in WGI Independent A Class competition.  Their semi-finals score of 88.15 compelled the corps to the number 9 position as they head into finals on Saturday morning.  The MBI Winter Guard will take the floor at 10:38 EST for finals.   70 units began competition on Thursday to determine the twenty finalists that will compete at Finals.

This year the MBI Winter Guard explores our obsession with technology and personal devices.  Their 2016 production, Auto-Correcting Society, challenges viewers to put down their phones and reconnect IRL (in real life).  Fans and friends may still want to grab their phones to see the guard’s latest updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  In addition, live video will broadcoast throughout the morning using the periscope app (follow:  minnesotabrass).

MBI Winter Guard is one of six North Star Circuit units competing this weekend in Dayton at the WGI Color Guard World Championships.  Lux Independent, Eclipse Independent, Elk River HS, Irondale HS and Eden Prairie HS also participated in preliminary competition Thursday with Elk River and Eden Prairie advancing to semi-finals.  As this article was published, Elk River had also advanced to finals and will perform at 3:07 p.m. (EST) Saturday.  (Eden Prairie’s results will be known late on Friday evening.)


Live on Your Mobile Device: MBI Winter Guard

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We get the irony.  We really want you to tune into your smart phones today to watch our incredible show lamenting how our online society can reduce human interaction.  MBI Winter Guard’s 2016 production, Auto-Correcting Society takes the floor at the WGI St. Louis Regional this afternoon and will be on your phone live!

icon175x175Here’s how it works.  We’ll be using Periscope this afternoon and evening to broadcast the MBI Winter Guard’s performance.  Periscope is a Twitter product, so you’ll need to make sure you’re following us there (if you haven’t already).   Next, download the free Periscope app if you don’t already have it on your phone.  Once you sign in via Twitter, it will automatically let you know when we’re streaming live from St. Louis!  The Winter Guard’s prelims performance is scheduled for 3:106p.m. CST.  Finals competitions for Independent A Class begin at 8:44.  As an added bonus, Periscope videos stick around for 24 hours post-performance, so you can watch again, and again.

Then put your phone away and connect with someone IRL.

It Doesn’t Get Any Easier! Support the MBI Winter Guard on Thursday

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It’ll be here before you know it.  It’s almost the third Thursday of February which means it’s your chance to support the MBI Winter Guard with about as much effort as it takes to order dinner.

This Thursday, February 18, visit the Crystal location of Buffalo Wild Wings and tell them you’re with “Team E” or “MBI Winter Guard” and 10% of your bill will go to MBI Winter Guard. It’s that easy!  Lunch?  Dinner?  Night out to watch the Wild game?  Whatever your excuse and no matter what you order, you can help.  Spread the word and join us this Thursday.

Minnesota Brass At A Glance

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Sometimes we get so excited about all the great things going on in the world of Minnesota Brass, we forget that new people are visiting and learning about us every day!  To help introduce new fans, potential new members and the generally curious about what it is the drum corps does, we’ve created a new Quick Guide with great information about who we are and what we do.  Feel free to share with others and spread the word.

The drum corps’ next rehearsal is Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m. for percussion and brass.  We rehearse at Brooklyn Center High School.  Color Guard auditions are scheduled to begin in April, after the WGI World Championships!

Minnesota Brass Indoor Presents: The Watchers

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The universe. Earth. Life. Humanity. How did we get here? Is our journey our own? Through all of it, they have been there – The Watchers.
Minnesota Brass Indoor Percussion will debut their 2016 season this Saturday, February 6 at Sounds of Minnesota Winter Edition. The upper Midway’s only WGI Independent World Class percussion ensemble will perform in exhibition as part of the MBI Color Guard home show at South St. Paul High School, which starts at 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota Brass Indoor is under the direction of Joe Asleson along with Managing Director Katy Benson. Design staff includes Joel Matuzak, Craig Myers, and Joe Asleson. Catch their performances throughout the Twin Cities at several Minnesota Percussion Association events, the WGI Minneapolis Regional, and World Championships in Dayton, OH.
Sounds of Minnesota Winter Edition
When: 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
Where: South St. Paul High School, 700 2nd St. N., South St Paul, MN 55075
Admission: $8-$6. All seats are general admission and available at the door.