Well– it’s over. The 2015 Minnesota Brass season is in the books. And so as not to keep you in suspense any longer……..
We took third in the championships.
Third was a nice surprise as we were 4th going into finals. But the bigger shocks were that we also managed to win the trophies for best brass and best showmanship.
Best showmanship is usually given to a group or performer that embodies the show and gives a memorable performance. We have a “drag moment” in our show where a friend of mine (big, gay bear in the color guard) dons a giant showgirl feather headdress and feather boa train and does a comedic tightrope Act down the 50 yard line. The audience laughed and ate it up.
But the highlight was definitely winning the trophy for best brass. While winning the trophies for best guard or best drums are also very special, it’s the brass award which is kind of the crown jewel of trophies. And Our victory this year is a real coup.
Our brass caption head is fairly new (this is his second year) and he is really good. In the summer he works with the Blue Devils drum corps (18 time champs!) and they’ve won High Brass more times than I can count. And under his tutelage we managed to yank the high brass award away from the other corps.
With only 48 horns in our line. 60% of whom were rookies.
Now that’s saying something.
Me posing with the trophy– notice the date. Thanks for proofreading!
Minnesota Brass has only won high brass three times in its 69 year history: 2010, 2011, and 2015. And I’ve been a member of all three brass lines.
So by all accounts this was a good season. I actually did enjoy my time with the corps, and it almost felt over before it really began.
Previous years I felt like my hard work and effort went kind of unnoticed. But this year, even with my much abbreviated tenure, I received a lot of positive feedback about my leadership and my impact to the corps– especially with the horn line. And these comments came from the big guns, like the program coordinator and our brass caption head.
Mostly I am a “lead by example” kind of guy. But it sure is nice to hear that my example is the right one and that it makes a real difference.
I may actually kinda miss these kids in a week or so. But for now I need to decompress.