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2023 Winds Show Announcement

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The first edition of MBI Winds aims to make a great introduction, a stellar first impression, and turn a chance encounter into a lasting relationship. The 2023 edition of MBI Winds presents: Hello!

Hello is an appropriate introduction of this new ensemble to the world… but it’s more. Think about chance encounters you’ve had that may have changed the trajectory of your life. A greeting is just the beginning…

Musical selections include songs by these popular artists to tell our story:

  • Remi Wolf
  • Lionel Richie
  • Twenty One Pilots

World Hello Day 👋

As it turns out, Monday, November 21st is World Hello Day. It started with an idea in 1973 as an effort to avoid conflict and preserve peace through personal communication. The goal is simple: say “hello” to 10 or more people on that day. As we reconnect coming out of a global pandemic, this lesson seems as appropriate today as it did almost 50 years ago.

We encourage you to say “hello” on Monday, November 21st, and then again to our members and staff when you see MBI Winds at show near you.

Performance Opportunities

There’s still a few openings at MBI Winds in the following sections: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Baritone.

Minnesota Brass was founded on an idea of all-age pageantry and that holds true with Independent Winds. But winds offers the opportunity for all instruments – even if it’s been a while since you’ve played, most accomplished high school and college musicians will find that the muscle memory of these instruments is still there, we’ll help you dust it off!

If you are interested you can get information here: https://mnbrass.org/winds/join/ or contact justin@mnbrass.org.

Performances

It’s sure to be a great time as we compete both locally and nationally:

  • Eden Prairie – February 4
  • Rogers – February 11
  • Brandon Valley, SD – March 11
  • Buffalo (WGI Regional) – March 18
  • Burnsville (MPA Prelims) – March 25
  • Farmington (MPA FInals) – April 1
  • Dayton, OH (WGI Finals) – April 22-23

Presenting: MBI Winds 2023

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All Instruments, All-age, All Inclusive

For over 75 years Minnesota Brass has been the home for brass players to continue their marching careers after marching band and junior corps. WGI Winds presents an opportunity for brass and woodwind players to perform in an indoor environment during the winter.

As is part of the Minnesota Brass tradition, MBI Winds is an independent group and is open to all ages.

Staff

Staff for this new ensemble includes:

  • Justin Foell
  • Amanda Mastrian
  • Eric Molho
  • Tyler Shipe
  • Randy Salas
  • Ward Miller

Our instructional staff is coming in with a growth mindset. MBI Winds is a piece of a bigger puzzle to make winds a thing in Minnesota. We’ll be joining River Valley Sound and Maverick Machine Winds in Minnesota Percussion Association competitions. And this is just the beginning…

Join us to experience WGI

After MPA finals we’ll travel to Dayton, Ohio to compete on the national stage. Member dues will include travel to Dayton, hotel stay, and tickets to WGI world class percussion finals.

The season kicks off on Saturday, November 5th, 9am at Westwood Intermediate School in Blaine. People of all levels of previous marching experience are welcome to attend. Register today and you’ll receive more information about MBI Winds. We look forward to this new tradition at Minnesota Brass.