by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
Zach Church, ERHS senior musician, has earned a position on the exclusive Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps as a snare-drummer.
“They are the reigning world champs,” said Church. “It’s a fantastic performance opportunity and the ultimate next step in improving as a percussion. I’ll be able to perform in front of thousands of people, on television, and around the country. It’s a very cool opportunity.”
Minnesota Brass is regarded as the top drum and bugle corps in Minnesota and on the Drum Corps Association (DCA) circuit.
Church, also a co-captain of Disrict 728’s River Valley Percussion team, was one of 23 men vying for snare drum positions Wednesday evenings in Wise Charter School in north Minneapolis since Jan. 4. After five weeks, nine were chosen. Church added that he is one of the youngest ever chosen for the group.
Church played bass drum his first year in RVPT and moved on to snare drum three years ago. He plays euphonium/percussion in Wind Symphony and trombone in the Black Elk Jazz Band.He also played trumpet until 10th grade.
Minnesota Brass, directed by Joel Matuzak, is based in St. Paul and attracts members from all over the country. The 2012 schedule is being formulated. It will include Sounds of Minnesota is in South St. Paul on August 19, and DCI Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium on the U of M campus (date to be announced) along with .a few parades around the state. The schedule of events will be available: www.mnbrassinc.org.
Chuch plans to Anoka Ramsey Community College next year. He has not decided on a major.