I’ve written about the Minnesota Brass before, both on here and on Facebook, and how much I enjoyed that Winter and Spring of 2013 with them, even though I had to quit during the season.
They are looking for players this summer; I want to help them out, in some way.
You might be able to help us both!
To sum up: Minnesota Brass is a St. Paul-based Drum and Bugle Corps, competing on the all-age Drum Corps Associates (DCA) circuit. They were the 2011 DCA World Champions; they are 5-time Silver Medalists and 3-time Bronze Medalists, since 2008 – a strong history of excellence.
Minnesota has openings throughout their horn line: Sopranos (Trumpets), Mellophones, Baritones, Euphoniums, and Contrabasses (“Contras”; Tubas).
Rehearsals are generally:
- Wednesday nights 6-10 Central Time
- Saturdays and Sundays – times depend on if there is a competition that weekend; in general, Saturdays are 9-6, Sundays 10-5
There are few age restrictions. If you are under 16, you might have to sign a waiver but I would contact the Staff about that (site link at the end of this post).
Physically, I’d suggest you be in decent cardio shape – it’s not an easy activity. Mentally, just 100% effort… then add an extra 15%. Have a good attitude – the Staff will work with you and help you, but they will get on you if you are slacking with the effort or attitude.
Here’s where you can help, especially if you are a band/music director: pass the word on to some of your students (you can join too!). The cost is much lower than Drum Corps International (DCI), as well as the time commitment: competitions are generally on weekends, compared to 4-6 times a week, with the top DCI corps. Plus, it would be a great “tune up” for DCI! The Section Leaders and Staff will work with you to get you up to speed, whether it’s a few minutes before/after rehearsals, extra sectional time, or just a meeting to work on memorizing the music.
So, spread the word, if you would, please! Minnesota Brass is a great group to march for! If even one person shows interest, that would help.
For more info, including this year’s show concept, contact info, and background info, go to Minnesota Brass’s Website.