After thoroughly studying the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the many factors involved — including guidance from international, national and local health authorities; other youth activities organizations; educational institutions; WGI; and other arts associations and circuits across the country — the MPA Board of Directors has come to the extremely painful but unanimous decision to cancel the rest of the 2020 MPA season for the health and safety of everyone in the MPA community, effective immediately.
This was an extremely difficult decision to make but is one we feel is in the best interest of MPA's performers, instructors, parents, personnel, fans and everyone else involved in our community.
We will follow up soon with more details about the impact of this decision, including refunds for the Solo and Ensemble Contest, scholarships and other questions.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with questions. The MPA community will get through this unprecedented and heartbreaking time together.
The recent events surrounding the senseless death of George Floyd and countless other Black people and people of color remind us that racism and inequality are real and pervasive problems in our society that must be addressed. MPA strives to be an inclusive community for everyone and is committed to doing our part. To expedite our work toward this goal, we are immediately forming an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) task force that will:
Seek perspectives from diverse voices within the MPA community
Amend the MPA Code of Conduct to emphasize EDI
Review MPA’s policies and operations for opportunities to address EDI concerns
Explore EDI training opportunities for MPA personnel, instructors, and performers
Collaborate with our partners in the performing arts to strengthen EDI in our activity
We encourage all interested community members to join the MPA EDI Task Force by filling out the form below. Let's get to work.
MPA is proud to award five $500 scholarships in 2020: four for higher education and one for drum corps. In addition, one of the college scholarships is designated as the Kayla Koranda Memorial Scholarship (see more about this special scholarship below).
Congratulations to our scholarship winners! And thank you to all the very impressive applicants.
Cole Carlson: Buffalo HS (Kayla Koranda Memorial College Scholarship)
Daniel Vazquez: Burnsville HS
Caleb Nadeau: Forest Lake HS
Griffin Laihinen: Rosemount HS
Drum corps scholarship:
Kylie Johnson: Dassel-Cokato HS and River City Rhythm
Kayla Koranda Memorial Scholarship
Kayla Koranda loved music and was heavily involved in music and fine arts at Rochester Lourdes High School. She enjoyed playing the flute, the vibraphone, the piano, singing, and performing in plays. Kayla was part of the Lourdes Marching Band, Concert Band, Pep Band, the Hi-lighters Jazz Band, Jazz Lab Ensembles, and the Winter Drumline. Kayla brought a huge smile, strong leadership, and wonderful kindness to all of these activities. She was always first to pitch in to help and had a special way of making sure everyone felt included. After Kayla graduated from Lourdes High School in 2013, she went to attend the University of Minnesota and joined MBI Indoor Percussion. Kayla was tragically killed in January 2014 while trying to help a friend. As one of the ways to help remember and honor Kayla, her family created the Kayla Koranda Memorial College Scholarship.
MPA celebrates the incredible dedication of our performers and everlasting support from our instructors, families, volunteers, personnel, sponsors and fans. Thank you for making 2020 an awesome season for MPA, and here's looking forward to an even better 2021!
Come support our MPA performers as they take the stage in the 2020 MPA Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, March 14, at Dassel-Cokato High School. The contest will take place between the prelims and finals portions of the WGI Minneapolis regional being held there that day.
MPA is excited to bring the 2020 Minnesota Percussion Association Day of Percussion to Lakeville South High School on Saturday, January 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.!
And we're happy to work with the Percussive Arts Society Minnesota Chapter to this year hold a concert for local student concert percussion ensembles at 6 p.m. later that day. Plus, members of these and other percussion ensembles from the area will join our MPA students for the Saturday morning and afternoon clinics and concerts!
Special thanks to the Lakeville South High School band department for its support of the 2020 Day of Percussion! And a huge thanks to the Percussive Arts Society Minnesota Chapter for their support, along with all the corporate sponsors who are helping to make this event possible!
22 clinics on marching, concert and world percussion
Omaha Street Percussion
MPA Student Leadership Team Drumline
A raffle drawing for various donations received from corporate and local sponsors
Registration for the event will start at 8 a.m. Members of current MPA member ensembles get free admission.
Lunch will be available for purchase in the afternoon. A full meal (two slices of pizza, baby carrots, a dessert and a drink) will be $7 (CASH ONLY!). Sticks, mallets, drum pads, and other accessories will be on sale, along with MPA apparel.
Check out videos of three of our concert acts: Casey Cangelosi, Enso Daiko and Omaha Street Percussion.