Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps

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Minnesota Brass
Minnesota Brass logo wide.png
LocationSt. Paul, Minnesota
DivisionDCI Soundsport (Formerly DCA Open Class)
DirectorKaty Matuzak
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
  • Katy Matuzak - 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]

Editors Note: This list is currently under construction. Formatting is being renovated. Thank you!

Gold background indicates DCA Open Class Championship; pale blue background indicates DCA Open Class Finalist

Year Theme Repertoire Score Placement
2011 Valhalla Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin / Children's Hour of Dream by Charles Mingus /
Imagine by John Lennon / Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
98.350 1st
2012 Bonnie and Clyde Summertime (from Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward /
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing by Duke Ellington /
Money by Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) / Speechless by Stefani Germanotta /
Medea's Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a by Samuel Barber
96.230 2nd
2013 PRIMAL Ritual Fire Dance (from El Amor Brujo) by Manuel de Falla / Dansa Barbara by Neboisa Zivkovic /
Danza Final (From Estancia Ballet) by Alberto Ginastera
96.650 3rd
2014 SuperNova Knights of Cydonia by Matthew Bellamy (Muse) / Subterranean Homesick Alien by Thom Yorke (Radiohead) /
The Planets by Gustav Holst / Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre / Supernova
96.530 2nd
2015 Mad Circus Karn Evil 9 by Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Peter Sinfield /
The Breakfast Machine from Big Top Pee Wee by Danny Elfman /
Complainte Della Butte by Rufus Wainright / Roustabout by Beals Antique /
Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky /
The Show Must Go On by John Deacon, Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury and Brian May (Queen)
95.400 3rd
2016 Now Boarding To Tame the Perilous Skies by David Holsinger / Speed of Heat by Julie Giroux /
Come Fly With Me by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn / Married Life (from UP) by Michael Giacchino /
Girl From Ipanema by Antonio Carlos Jobim
96.950 3rd
2017 Pins & Needles Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt Suite #1) by Edvard Grieg /
March of the Trolls by Edvard Grieg / Medea's Dance of Vengeance, Op. 23a by Samuel Barber /
Coraline by Bruno Courlais / Hurt by Trent Reznor
88.980 9th
2018 Corps inactive


  1. ^ "Corps". Drum Corps Associates. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-09-24. Retrieved 2011-09-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.dcxmuseum.org/index.cfm?view=corpslist&CorpsID=1863

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