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2022 Show Announcement

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After a successful interest camp in May, everyone was committed to get Minnesota Brass back on the field and on the street this summer. We set out to do 4 parades and 4 shows, but the buzz around Minnesota Brass fielding a corps brought some extra opportunities. You’ll be able to catch Minnesota Brass at these 5 parades and 5 field shows:

A key tenet of our season is Good Vibes Only. We wanted a show that is accessible for everyone: audience, judges, and performers. Something that embodies getting back out into the world. Our 2022 summer program is entitled Route 66.

Ward Miller is arranging the brass book, with selections that include:

  • Driver’s License by Olivia Rodrigo
  • Drive My Car by The Beatles
  • (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66 by Nat King Cole
  • Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd

It’s already off to a great start! Hope to see you out there in 2022…

Summer 2022 Interest Camp May 14th

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It’s been a while, hasn’t it? COVID took away multiple winter and summer seasons, but it’s time we get back outside and we need you!

To gauge interest among members new and old, we’ll be holding an interest camp on Saturday, May 14th from 10AM to 2PM.

Westwood Intermediate and Middle School
711 91st Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55434

*Lunch is not provided, so eat before-hand or bring a snack.

We want to know who is interested in being part of of the 2022 summer corps, so we can put together an appropriate program for our members. We need you to make it happen.

Let’s get the band back together

Yes it’s short notice, but we can do this! We’re committed to putting together a drum & bugle corps that is accessible to a wide range of people. All-age, part-time drum & bugle corps that is fun but doesn’t require you to give up all of your free time.

Achievable Schedule

The schedule is easy: we’ll get together on Friday night and Saturdays every other weekend. No matter what, you’ll always have a day leftover on your weekends to enjoy the Minnesota summers as you wish.

Four Performances, Four Parades

The season will center around 4 field performances. Three local DCI shows with the season culminating at SoundSport finals in Indianapolis on August 13. Members will receive tickets to DCI Semis and Finals as part of their dues.

Parades are also an important part of our season. They’re fun and it’s a great way to show Minnesotans of all walks of life who we are… without anyone having to buy a ticket. We’ll do 3 local parades before DCI Finals and the State Fair on Labor Day with those who can attend.

We’ll also have an open parade policy where any alumni can join us on a given parade day. But to do that, we need you to come to the interest camp so you can get the music, learn the work, and get fitted for a uniform.

All New Staff

We’ve put together an instructional team with an emphasis on positive member experience. Staff includes:

  • Chris Judd – Executive Director
  • Tyler Shipe – Visual
  • Chris O’Connell – Brass
  • Joe Jaeger – Battery
  • Alex St. Clair – Front Ensemble
  • Rebekah Salas – Color Guard
  • Justin Foell – Director/Coordinator

Join Us!

Take the next step and sign up.

We’ll see you on Saturday, May 14th at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School from 10AM to 2PM.

Drummin Fun Pic Here

As the parade passes by

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Minnesota Brass alumni and friends performed Sunday, August 25 at the Minnesota State Fair parade. The performance involved over 50 alumni and staff who gathered for the great Minnesota get together. Organized by passionate alumni, the performance unit featured brass, percussion and color guard members. Staff included: Mark Santori, Rick Rueckert and Shannon Pierce for the brass caption; Nick Moreno and Robb Muller for percussion and Heather Moreno for color guard. Special thanks to Jim Duggan for conceiving of this fantastic opportunity and bringing it to life!

If you missed the alumni corps last Sunday, don’t worry! A second performance is already scheduled for Sunday, September 1. The State Fair Parade begins at 2 p.m. daily. The parade features the Minnesota Brass alumni corps, floats, animals, specialty units and visiting royalty. The 14-block parade route begins near the Haunted House, goes north on Cosgrove Street, west on Randall Avenue, and south on Underwood Street ending just south of the Haunted House. Parade units are announced at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell and the east side of the Family Fair Stage at Baldwin Park (ASL-interpreted at Baldwin Park). The High School Marching Band Competition is proudly sponsored by McDonald’s.

Happy Independence Day!

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Minnesota Brass would like to wish everyone a fun and safe 4th of July.

The corps will be marching in the Delano 4th of July Parade which starts at 10:30AM Friday. Come out and see the snazzy new parade uniforms.

If Apple Valley is closer to your home, you’re in luck, as the corps is pulling double duty and will also be marching in the Apple Valley Freedom Days Parade, which starts at 1:00PM.

Hope to see you out on the parade route!