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Southwind's Minnesota connection

Southwind's Minnesota connection

by Drum Corps International

Andy Combites of the Irondale, Minn., High School band and guard staff tipped us off to an unusual occurrence -- 15 people from his band (either members or instructors) are going on the road with Southwind this summer. We're not sure, but this might be a record. Let us know (dci@dci.org) if your band has sent more members to a particular corps.

BACK: Paul Weber, Jon Kamrud, Ross Martin, Arjay Dossey, Tom Carlson.
MIDDLE: Megan Johnson, Cynthia Hollimon, Caitie Powers, Mike Hanzelka, Michelle Connolly, Kurt Blomberg.
FRONT: Callie Martin, Erin Schutta, Breanne Gervais. ABSENT: Phill Erick
More stats: 75 percent of the Southwind cymbal line is from Minnesota. Two other members are from Eagan HS in Minnesota. But Irondale's human contributions to the activity don't stop there. Nine other members have headed off to other corps, including the Cavaliers, Blue Stars, Madison Scouts and Colts -- plus a ton more are marching with the Minnesota Brass senior corps. Here are the vitals on each of Irondale's Southwind expatriates: Name: Paul Weber
IHS Graduate: 1998
Position in Corps: Percussion Staff
Position(s) in Band: Percussion and Staff
Notes: Weber marched with the Madison Scouts from 1998 to 2001. This is his second year on staff with Southwind. He is the percussion co-caption head at Irondale. The Irondale winter drum line is the 2003 WGI scholastic open class percussion bronze medalist. Name: Jon Kamrud
IHS Graduate: 2002
Position in Corps: Percussion -- tenors
Position(s) in Band: Percussion member and staff
Notes: This is Kamrud's second year marching with Southwind. Name: Ross Martin
IHS Graduate: 2002
Position in Corps: Soprano
Position(s) in Band: Trumpet, guard, percussion and staff
Notes: This is Martin's second year marching with Southwind. Ross was also a member of the Irondale "Horn Guard" -- a group of horn line members featured on rifle during the fall marching band season. He also participated in the IHS winter drum line his freshman year. He is Callie Martin's older brother and Megan Johnson's cousin. Name: Arjay Dossey
IHS Graduate: 2003
Position in Corps: Mellophone
Position(s) in Band: Mellophone, guard, percussion
Notes: Dossey also played tenors in the IHS Winter drum line. Dossey was also a part of the IHS Horn Guard in the fall season. Name: Tom Carlson
IHS Graduate: 2002
Position in Corps: Soprano
Position(s) in Band: Trumpet
Notes: This is Carlson's first year marching with Southwind. Name: Megan Johnson
IHS Graduate: 2003
Position in Corps: Percussion -- cymbal
Position(s) in Band: Saxophone, percussion
Notes: This is Johnson's first year marching with Southwind. She was also a member of this year's winter drum line. Johnson is Ross and Callie Martin's cousin. Name: Cynthia Hollimon
IHS Graduate: 2003
Position in Corps: Baritone
Position(s) in Band: Baritone, percussion
Notes: This is Hollimon's first year marching with Southwind. She was also a member of this year's winter drum line. Name: Caitie Powers
IHS Graduate: 2003
Position in Corps: Percussion -- pit
Position(s) in Band: Percussion
Notes: This is Powers' first year marching with Southwind. She was co-captain of the IHS percussion section. Name: Mike Hanzelka
IHS Graduate: 2003
Position in Corps: Euphonium
Position(s) in Band: Trombone, Contra
Notes: This is Hanzelka's first year marching with Southwind. Name: Michelle Connolly
IHS Graduate: 2002
Position in Corps: Guard
Position(s) in Band: Guard
Notes: This is Connolly's first year marching with Southwind. She was a member of the 2002 WGI scholastic open class world champion Irondale HS color guard.
Name: Kurt Blomberg
IHS Graduate: 2003
Position in Corps: Soprano
Position(s) in Band: Trumpet
Notes: This is Blomberg's first year marching with Southwind. Name: Callie Martin
IHS Graduate: 2003
Position in Corps: Guard
Position(s) in Band: Clarinet, guard
Notes: This is Martin's first year marching with Southwind. She was a member of the Irondale HS winter guard. She is Ross Martin's little sister and Megan Johnson's cousin. Name: Erin Schutta
IHS Graduate: 2003
Position in Corps: Guard
Position(s) in Band: Bass clarinet, guard
Notes: This is Schutta's first year marching with Southwind. She was a member of the Irondale HS winter guard. Erin's brother Brian marches contra with the Madison Scouts. Name: Breanne Gervais
IHS Graduate: 2003
Position in Corps: Guard
Position(s) in Band: Clarinet, guard
Notes: This is Gervais' first year marching with Southwind. She was a member of the Irondale HS winter guard. Name: Phill Erickson
IHS Graduate: 2003
Position in Corps: Soprano
Position(s) in Band: Trumpet
Notes: This is Erickson's first year marching with Southwind.

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