The annual MPA Solo and Ensemble Contest is a great opportunity for students to advance and show off their musicianship skills by preparing a solo or ensemble piece. The 2017 contest will take place March 4 between the afternoon and evening portions of the WGI Minneapolis regional at Burnsville High School.
This year, you have the option of doing a solo or ensemble on nonpercussion instruments!
The early-bird entry fee is $10 per soloist and $5 per member of an ensemble. Early-bird deadline is Feb. 11, 2017.
After the early-bird deadline, the entry fee increases to $15 per soloist and $10 per member of an ensemble. FINAL entry and payment deadline is Feb. 18, 2017.
The 2017 Minnesota Percussion Association Day of Percussion is just around the corner and is bound to be as exciting as ever! It will take place on Saturday, January 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rosemount High School in Rosemount, MN.
A raffle drawing for various donations received from corporate and local sponsors
Check out videos of three of our headlining acts: Mark Ford; Amir Oosman and Ralph Nader (BYOS); and Daniel Waples.
Registration for the event will start at 8:30 a.m. Members of MPA ensembles are provided free admittance.
Lunch will be available for purchase in the afternoon. A full meal (Subway sandwich, chips, cookie and a drink) will be $6. Percussion vendors will also be on site selling sticks, mallets, drum pads, and other accessories.
To ensure MPA is in full compliance with copyright-related laws amid an increasingly tough and uncertain environment for performing arts organizations across the country, the Board of Directors has decided to not post or sell videos of 2016 MPA Championships and beyond for now. We are monitoring the situation and will provide an update when available.
MPA and the greater percussion community in Minnesota and beyond have lost a legend. Dick Rausch, a long-time instructor of the Rocori High School Drumline and namesake of MPA's Dick Rausch Instructor of the Year award, passed away at age 63 on Nov. 22. He was a teacher, performer, friend, and mentor to so many in the percussion community in Minnesota, though his influence reached far beyond. His impact is impossible to summarize, but this tribute from one of the people who knew him best might come close.