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Roger Grupp has been a performing member of Minnesota Brass Inc. senior drum and bugle corps since 1971.
In 1975 (as a baritone player) and 1988 (as a soprano) Roger was recognized as the groups horn player of the year. The corps graciously bestowed the same award on him in his last marching year, 2006. He was given the Brassy lifetime achievement award in 1979.
The world-class senior corps circuit, Drum Corps Associates (DCA), named Roger the best soloist in its 1993 championship competition. In 1995, his small ensemble was the hit of the DCA individual competitions with a 99.9 score; judges demanded an encore performance.
Minne-Brass, the ensemble Todd Tanji and Roger organized, won the DCA mini-corps championship in 2005, its first year of competition. The group is now in its 10th season, and promotes and raises funds for the full corps.
The Bugler’s Hall of Fame inducted Roger in 2009.
The World Drum Corps Hall of Fame named Roger an Associate Member in 2001, and inducted him as a full Member in 2009.
The Heartland Drum Corps Hall of Fame inducted Roger in 2013.
Roger began his drum corps career in 1961 and 1962 with the Pine City Saints, and continued with the St. Paul Scouts in 1963 and 1964.
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