Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps

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Minnesota Brass
Minnesota Brass logo wide.png
LocationSt. Paul, Minnesota
DivisionDCA Open Class
DirectorJeremy Semler
Championship titles2011
UniformBlack Jackets with Minnesota Brass Logo on the right shoulder fly; left-hip drop, blue sash running from the right shoulder to the hip-drop; Black shakos with black plumes

The Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps is an all-age drum and bugle corps based in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States, that competes in Drum Corps Associates (DCA).[1] A consistent DCA Finalist, Minnesota Brass was the 2011 DCA Open Class World Champion.


Minnesota Brass was founded in 1946 as the Cecil Kyle Legion Corps. Between the years of 1946 and 1968 the corps operated under the names of William Laidlaw Legion Corps, Laidlaw Toreaders, Grain Belt Diamonds, and Men of Laidlaw. In 1969, the organization became a self-supporting non-profit under the name of Brass, Inc. In 1980, the organization adopted the name Minnesota Brass, Inc.

Today, Minnesota Brass, Inc. is a non-profit performing arts organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota that operates five separate performing ensembles: Minnesota Brass (all-age drum and bugle corps), Minne-Brass (mini-corps), MBI Winter Guard, and Minnesota Brass Indoor Drum Line.

The all-age drum and bugle corps is the largest and most well known of the organization's ensembles. The corps performs under the name "Minnesota Brass." Friends and fans sometimes refer to it informally as simply "Brass" or "MBI." The more formal "Minnesota Brass Inc." name is now used rarely and only to refer to the organization as a whole.

The corps has competed in the Drum Corps Associates (DCA) World Championships 34 times since 1973 and has placed in the top ten in Open Class competition every year since 1991, the second longest streak behind the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2011, Minnesota Brass won its first DCA Open Class World Championship title.[2]

At its August 2018 meeting, the board of directors of Minnesota Brass (MBI) voted to pursue an all-age drum and bugle corps to compete during the 2019 summer season.


Minnesota Brass Incorporated ("MBI") is the corporate entity that manages the Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps and other performing ensembles. The organization's management team is:[citation needed]

  • Gavin Burnham - President and CEO
  • Jeremy Semler - Executive Director
  • Dave Whitaker - Chief Financial Officer

Performing Ensembles[edit]

  • Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps
  • Minnesota Brass Indoor Drum Line
  • MBI Winter Guard
  • Minne-Brass


DCA World Champions: 2011

DCA Mini-Corps Champions: 1999, 2005 (Minne-Brass)

DCA Colorguard Champions: 2011

DCA Horn Line Champions: 2010, 2011, 2015

DCA Frontline Champions: 2001, 2004, 2005

DCA Percussion Champions: 2003, 2004, 2010, 2013

Past Shows[3][edit]

Year Position Score Show
1956 Dear One, The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
1959 Espana Cani, Thanks for the Memories
1960 Granada, Donkey Serenade, April in Portugal, Brazil, South American, Malaguena, El Relicario, The Breeze and I, Vaya Con Dios
1961 In the Still of the Night, Granada, Donkey Serenade, Brazil, April in Portugal, Malaguena, Perfidia, September n the Rain, Begin the Beguine, The Breeze and I
1962 Battle Hymn of the Republic, Green Eyes, Lady of Spain, Peanut Vendor (from A Star is Born), Begin the Beguine, Donkey Serenade, September in the Rain
1970 Latina, Hogan's Heroes, Civil War Medley, Ballet in Brass, Ghost Riders in the Sky, By the Time I Get to Phoenix
1971 Birth of the Blues, Hogan's Heroes, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Ballet in Brass, What the World Needs Now, Beer Barrel Polka
1972 Latina, Battle Hymn of the Republic, I Feel the Earth Move, Ringmaster, Hi-De-Ho, the Moon Was Yellow, When Johnny Comes Marching Home
1973 16 60.95 Latina, Zipper De Doo Dad, Eli's Coming, Make Me Smile, American Salute
1974 Third Man Theme, Lullaby of Birdland, MacArthur Park, American Salute, Make Me Smile
1975 Horrible Howard, Third Man Theme, Lullaby of Birdland, MacArthur Park, Rhapsody in Blue, Corazone
1976 Jesus Christ Superstar, Pinball Wizard, American Patrol, Cool, Mambo, Climb Every Mountain
1977 12 70.7 This Could Be the Start of Something Big, Walk on the Wild Side, Give it Another One, A Man A Horse and a Gun, Rocky
1978 12 60.5 Jesus Christ Superstar, Pinball Wizard, Malaga, Rocky, Send in the Clowns
1979 11 56.4 Jesus Christ Superstar, Pinball Wizard, La Fiesta, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, What I Did for Love
1980 1980, 1941, Tonight, Mambo
1981 Raisins, Send in the Clowns, 1941, El Gato Triste
1982 What the World Needs Now, Broadway, Basin Street Blues, Longer
1983 Everything's Coming Up Roses, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Trumpet Blues, Longer
1984 Chelsea Morning, Eight to Five, Night Streets, Trumpet Blues, Home
1985 14 62.7 Chelsea Morning, All of Me, Up the Ladder to the Roof, Peninsula, Home
1986 9 72.35 Street Scene, In Like a Lion, Sesame Street, Come in from the Rain, SOS
1987 11 81.8 In Like a Lion, Jazz Funeral in New Orleans, Ricochet, Come in from the Rain, SOS
1988 The Natural, In Like a Lion, Blues in the Night, Ricochet, Not While I'm Around
1989 9 83.6 Jackie, Uncle Joe Shannon, Blues in the Night, Be Ye Glad, SOS
1990 11 85.4 Jackie Uncle Joe Shannon, Suite for Jazz Orchestra
1991 9 80.6 Bye Bye Blues, Suite for Jazz Orchestra
1992 10 84.5 Crimefighters - The Date, Pagan Flight, Tess' Theme, The Chase, The Untouchables
1993 10 85.9 Crimefighters II - Perry Mason Theme, Pagan Flight, Pink Panther, Alfred Hitchcock Theme, Batman Theme, Singin' in the Rain, The Sound of Music, Big Spender, The Untouchables, To Protect and Serve Donuts
1994 8 86.7 Memphis Belle - The Final Mission, Vicki and Mr. Valves, Prepare for Takeoff, Crippled Belle: The Bomb Run, The Landing
1995 10 81.2 Caribbean Holiday - I Can't Get Started, El Cumbanchero, St. Thomas, New York State of Mind, SOS
1996 7 87.6 Minnesota Jazz - Past and Present - Jackie, Blackbird, Caravan, Thanks for the Memories
1997 8 86.9 Minnesota Classical - Maybe Not, Light Cavalry Overture, Poet and Peasant Overture, Caravan
1998 5 92.8 Tower of Power - You're Still and Young Man, Squib Cakes, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Soul of a Child, What is Hip
1999 4 95 Earth, Wind, and Fire - In the Stone, Got to Get You Into My Life, Fantasy, After the Love is Gone
2000 5 91.7 Chicago - Make Me Smile, Saturday in the Park, 25 or 6 to 4, I've Been Searching So Long, Free
2001 6 92.05 Shaken … Not Stirred: Music from James Bond - Dr. No, You Only Live Twice, Tomorrow Never Dies, Live and Let Die, From Russia with Love
2002 4 93.9 Black to Blue - Opening Fanfare, A Night in Tunisia, 'Round Midnight, I'm Beginning to See the Light, Blue Skies
2003 4 92.5 Dreams and Fantasies - Celebration Suite, Drume Negrita, Adios Nonino, Time to Say Goodbye, Spanish Fantasy IV, Conquistador
2004 5 91.438 Moon Dancing - Moon Over Bourbon Street, Moondance, Moonlight Sonata, Fly Me to the Moon
2005 6 93.038 Lines and Shapes - the Music of Pat Metheny - Third Wind, Letter From Home, First Circle
2006 5 92.325 Fantasy: A Drum Corps Dream - Open Up Wide, Get It On, Fantasy, Soul of the Child, Up Tight
2007 6 92.963 Who Are You? - Baba O'Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, Magic Bus, Love Reign O'er Me, Who Are You?
2008 2 96.513 Connections - Nutville, Oblivion, Wrapped Around Your Finger, Night Streets
2009 2 97.588 Nocturne: Songs for the Night - Harlem Nocturne, Commencement, Zero Hour, My Immortal, Aspect, A Night in Tunisia
2010 2 97.225 Caravan - Bangkok, Bacchanale, Nefud Mirage, Kashmir, Sheherazade, Caravan
2011 1 98.35 Valhalla - Immigrant Song, Children's Hour of Dream, Imagine, Ride of the Valkyries
2012 2 96.23 Bonnie and Clyde - Summertime, It Don't Mean a Thing, Money, Speechless, Medea
2013 3 96.65 Primal -Ritual Fire Dance, Dansa Barbara, Dansa Finale from Estancia
2014 2 96.53 SuperNova -Knights of Cydonia, Subterranean Homesick Alien, Planets, Lux Aurumque, Nitro, Dies Irae
2015 3 95.40 Mad Circus - Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 2, Breakfast Machine, Complainte De La Butte, Roustabout, Night on Bald Mountain, The Show Must Go On
2016 3 96.95 Now Boarding - To Tame the Perilous Skies, Speed of Heat, Come Fly with Me, Married Life, Girl from Impanema
2017 9 88.980 Pins & Needles - In the Hall Of The Mountain King, The March of the Trolls, Medea’s Dance Of Vengeance, End Credits from Coraline, Hurt


  1. ^ "Corps". Drum Corps Associates. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-24. Retrieved 2011-09-21.
  3. ^ http://www.dcxmuseum.org/index.cfm?view=corpslist&CorpsID=1863

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