Kick off the Thanksgiving holiday with Bradsgiving

November 14, 2017 – The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is organizing a festive pre-Thanksgiving celebration on Wednesday, November 22 at the Shop Coffeehouse and 218 Taphouse in Virginia.

 

Bradsgiving will include music, homemade pie and a small silent auction. The event will feature music by the local bands Horse Fzce and Big Waves and Bonfires.

 

The FOBMF memorializes percussionist and Virginia native Brad Rozman and seeks to celebrate and cultivate young Minnesota musicians. It started in the summer of 2010 with the BradFest music festival in Two Harbors and has continued with fall and winter events, both in Virginia and Duluth.

 

The Friends of Brad is a volunteer-run nonprofit. It has a scholarship program for students in rural Northeastern Minnesota who plan to study music in college. This marks the seventh consecutive year the foundation awarded scholarships. Learn more about FOBMF’s talented scholarship recipients: http://friendsofbrad.org/initiatives/scholarship-recipients/

 

Over the years, FOBMF has donated more than $10,000 in scholarships and programming for aspiring musicians, supporting causes such as the Duluth Music Resource Center, which teaches kids to play instruments, write songs and even record music.

 

“With Bradsgiving, we’re giving people an excuse to eat pie a day early. What’s not to like about that?” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president. “We’ll also have terrific tunes and fun auction prizes. It’s an ideal way to kick off the holiday and support young musicians. We’re grateful to our hosts, the Shop Coffeehouse and 218 Taphouse, for helping make it happen.”

 

Bradsgiving
Wednesday, November 22 from 6–10pm
Pie sales and silent auction will happen at the Shop Coffeehouse at 235 Chestnut St. in Virginia. Music begins at 6pm at the 218 Taphouse (which adjoins the Shop).

 

2017 Scholarship Recipients

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation is pleased to announce the two recipients of its annual scholarship competition for young musicians in rural Northeastern Minnesota: Briona Currie of Eveleth-Gilbert High School and Olivia Skaja, who lives in Deer River and was homeschooled.

 

Briona Currie

Olivia Skaja

Currie has been dancing and singing since age 4. She played trumpet in the EGHS band and served as a music teacher at a Bible school. She will attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and hopes to perform on Broadway someday. Skaja has been ranked among the top five fiddlers in Minnesota since age 15. She was the 2016 Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Champion and took first place in the 2017 Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. She will pursue violin performance at St. Olaf College.

 

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer scholarships to two young women who are so clearly dedicated to sharing their respective talents through careers involving music performance,” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president.

 

The Friends of Brad scholarship is open to high school seniors planning to pursue musical endeavors while attending college. One-time scholarships are open to student musicians residing in rural areas of St. Louis, Itasca, Lake and Cook counties (excluding Duluth). Strong preference is given to students who plan to major in music and pursue music-related careers.

 

This marks the seventh consecutive year of FOBMF scholarship opportunities. Past recipients include: Ali Juntunen, Deer River; Kelly Heinonen, Virginia; Kari Haaversen, Two Harbors; Samantha Mutchler, Grand Rapids; Steven Solkela, Mesabi East; Ricky “Chip” Sundstrom, Two Harbors; Aaron Wilcox, Virginia; Austin Becicka, Virginia; Ginger Lund, Deer River; Kimberly Rice, Virginia; Haylee Donnelson, Mesabi East; Justin Bohrer, Two Harbors; Byron Klimek, Chisholm; and Alayna Starr, Virginia. Learn more about FOBMF’s talented scholarship recipients: http://friendsofbrad.org/initiatives/scholarship-recipients/

 

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation

FOBMF was created to honor the memory of Bradley Edward Rozman through programs that cultivate and celebrate young Minnesota musicians. The Foundation administers a number of programs aimed towards this goal, including the music events BradFest and BradtoberFest. FOBMF is a 501(c)(3). For more information or to contribute to the cause, contact info@friendsofbrad.org or visit http://www.friendsofbrad.org.

 

Bradley E. Rozman

Brad Rozman lived for music. He discovered a love for drumming at a young age and pursued this passion with vigor for the rest of his life. In the early days, he formed garage bands with musician friends and led the drum line in the Virginia High School marching band. After high school, he went on to study percussion performance at St. Cloud State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. When he returned to Minnesota after graduate school, Brad became involved in many music-making endeavors in the Duluth area, most notably as drummer for the bands High Volt Rustler and Equal Exchange. Brad’s life was cut short in May 2009 when he died unexpectedly of a seizure.

 

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FOBMF 2017 Scholarship Opportunity

March 6, 2017 – The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is pleased to announce its annual scholarship competition for young musicians in rural Northeastern Minnesota. High school seniors planning to pursue musical endeavors while attending college are invited to apply.

 

Two $750 scholarships are available. These one-time scholarships are open to student musicians residing in rural areas of St. Louis, Itasca, Lake, and Cook counties (excluding Duluth). Strong preference will be given to students who plan to major in music and pursue music-related careers. Those with musical backgrounds who plan to participate in performance activities such as ensembles, bands, or choirs in college are encouraged to apply.

 

“Pursuing a career in music is not easy and resources for young musicians—particularly in rural areas—are lacking. The intention of this scholarship opportunity is to encourage student musicians and provide them with a small incentive to assist with their educational and professional goals,” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president.

 

This marks the seventh consecutive year of FOBMF scholarship opportunities. Past recipients include: Ali Juntunen, Deer River; Kelly Heinonen, Virginia; Kari Haaversen, Two Harbors; Samantha Mutchler, Grand Rapids; Steven Tedman, Mesabi East; Ricky “Chip” Sundstrom, Two Harbors; Aaron Wilcox, Virginia; Austin Becicka, Virginia; Ginger Lund, Deer River; Kimberly Rice, Virginia; Haylee Donnelson, Mesabi East; Justin Bohrer, Two Harbors; Bryon Klimek, Chisholm; and Alayna Starr, Virginia. Learn more about FOBMF’s talented scholarship recipients: http://friendsofbrad.org/initiatives/scholarship-recipients/

 

The scholarship application deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017 at 5pm (CST). More information and an application are available online: www.friendsofbrad.org/scholarships.

 

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation

The FOBMF was created to honor the memory of Bradley Edward Rozman through programs that cultivate and celebrate young Minnesota musicians. The Foundation administers a number of programs aimed towards this goal, including the music events BradFest and BradtoberFest. The FOBMF is a 501(c)(3). For more information or to contribute to the cause, contact info@friendsofbrad.org or visit http://www.friendsofbrad.org.

 

Bradley E. Rozman

Brad Rozman lived for music. He discovered a love for drumming at a young age and pursued this passion with vigor for the rest of his life. In the early days, he formed garage bands with musician friends and led the drum line in the Virginia High School marching band. After high school, he went on to study percussion performance at St. Cloud State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. When he returned to Minnesota after graduate school, Brad became involved in many music-making endeavors in the Duluth area, most notably as drummer for the bands High Volt Rustler and Equal Exchange. Brad’s life was cut short in May 2009 when he died unexpectedly of a seizure.

 

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FOBMF 2016 Scholarship Opportunity

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is offering a scholarship opportunity for young musicians in rural Northeastern Minnesota. High school students graduating in 2016 who plan to pursue musical endeavors while attending college are invited to apply.

 

The Foundation will grant two $500 scholarships in 2016. The one-time scholarships are open to student musicians residing in rural areas of St. Louis, Itasca, Lake, and Cook counties (excluding Duluth). Preference will be given to students planning to major in music and pursue music-related careers. Students with strong musical backgrounds who plan to participate in performance activities such as ensembles, bands, or choirs in college are encouraged to apply.

 

“Students, particularly in rural areas, aren’t typically encouraged to pursue careers in music,” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president. “By offering this small incentive for aspiring musicians we’re working to counter that status quo. Each year, we’re energized by the new pool of talented applicants.”

 

Past FOBMF scholarship recipients include: Samantha Mutchler, Grand Rapids High School; Steven Tedman, Mesabi East High School; Ricky “Chip” Sundstrom, Two Harbors; Aaron Wilcox, Virginia; Austin Becicka, Virginia; Ginger Lund, Deer River; Kimberly Rice, Virginia; Haylee Donnelson, Mesabi East; Justin Bohrer, Two Harbors; Bryon Klimek, Chisholm; and Alayna Starr, Virginia. More about FOBMF’s talented scholarship recipients: http://friendsofbrad.org/initiatives/scholarship-recipients/

 

The scholarship application deadline is Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5pm (CST). More information and an application are available online: www.friendsofbrad.org/scholarships.

 

*The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation scholarship committee will judge the applications. The committee reserves the right to abstain from awarding scholarships (or adjust scholarship amounts) if there are applicants don’t meet eligibility requirements.

 

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation

The FOBMF was created to honor the memory of Bradley Edward Rozman through programs that cultivate and celebrate young Minnesota musicians. The Foundation administers a number of programs aimed towards this goal, including the music events BradFest and BradtoberFest. The FOBMF is a 501(c)(3). For more information or to contribute to the cause, contact info@friendsofbrad.org or visit http://www.friendsofbrad.org.

 

Bradley E. Rozman

Brad Rozman lived for music. He discovered a love for drumming at a young age and pursued this passion with vigor for the rest of his life. In the early days, he formed garage bands with musician friends and led the drum line in the Virginia High School marching band. After high school, he went on to study percussion performance at St. Cloud State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. When he returned to Minnesota after graduate school, Brad became involved in many music-making endeavors in the Duluth area, most notably as drummer for the bands High Volt Rustler and Equal Exchange. Brad’s life was cut short in May 2009 when he died unexpectedly of a seizure.

Bradsgiving aims to rock you awake from your Thanksgiving food coma

 

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is organizing a merry post-Thanksgiving celebration with music, a silent auction, and bake sale. Bradsgiving will take place at the Shop Coffeehouse and 218 Taphouse in Virginia on Friday, November 27 from 510 p.m. The event includes music by Rich Mattson & Germaine Gemberling as well as Horse Fzce.

 

The FOBMF memorializes percussionist and Virginia native Brad Rozman and seeks to celebrate and cultivate young Minnesota musicians. Their programming began in 2010 with the summer BradFest music festival in Two Harbors and has continued with fall BradtoberFest events in Virginia and Duluth.

 

The Friends of Brad is a volunteer-run nonprofit, whose events benefit young musicians, supporting programs such as the Duluth Music Resource Center and a scholarship program for rural Northeastern Minnesotans. The Friends of Brad awarded two scholarships earlier this year to Iron Range students: Samantha Mutchler and Steven Tedman. Mutchler is a graduate of Grand Rapids High School now majoring in music education at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Tedman is a graduate of Mesabi East High School studying opera singing at Rowan University in New Jersey.

 

“We’re excited to be back on the Range for Bradsgiving, particularly in partnership with our friends at the Shop Coffeehouse and 218 Taphouse. We’re big fans of all that they do to promote and enhance the local music scene,” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president.

 

“We are absolutely thrilled to host such an amazing event that memorializes Brad and supports young local musicians,” says Carly Gobats of the 218. “The Iron Range has an incredible music scene and we feel it’s important to showcase the talent from the area. We have been doing our part by offering live music from area musicians Thursday and Friday evenings.”

 

*To donate or volunteer, contact info@bradfest.org. Or simply drop off a donation of baked goods at the Shop Coffeehouse all day before the event (until 4pm). *

 

Further info:

 

Bradsgiving

Friday, November 27 from 5–10 p.m.

Silent auction and bake sale to start at 5pm at the Shop Coffeehouse (235 Chestnut St., Virginia). Music begins at 5:30 p.m. with Horse Fzce (Heather Surla and Eric Krenz) next door at the 218 Taphouse.

 

 

About the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation

Bradley E. Rozman’s life was tragically cut short in May 2009. The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was initially created by a group of Brad’s family and close friends to honor his memory. The Foundation celebrates and cultivates young Minnesota musicians through a variety of programs, all involving music. For more information or to contribute to the Foundation, contact info@friendsofbrad.org or visit http://www.friendsofbrad.org.

 

About Bradley E. Rozman

Brad Rozman discovered a love for drumming at a young age and pursued this passion with vigor for the rest of his life. In the early days, he formed garage bands with his musician friends and led the drum line in the VHS marching band. After high school, he went on to study percussion performance at St. Cloud State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. When he returned to Minnesota from graduate school, Brad became involved in many music-making endeavors in the Duluth area, most notably as the drummer for the bands High Volt Rustler and Equal Exchange.

 

 

 

A chance to double your donation

We’re participating in Give to the Max Day this year because we want to expand our reach in 2016. Can you help by making a tax-deductible contribution?
 
We’re fortunate to have a $1000 matching fund this year, which means you have a unique opportunity to double your donation.
 
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Here are the ways we’re making an impact:

  • For three years in a row, we have contributed to Music Resource Center-Duluth (Brad lived/played in Duluth in his final years).
  • We’ve given scholarships to 11 high school students in rural Northeastern Minnesota (where Brad grew up). Learn about our scholarship recipients.
  • We’ve contributed to a visiting artist fund at St. Cloud State University (Brad’s alma mater). Our donation was used to bring in some top-notch guest performers for the day of percussion.

 

Since the Friends of Brad is completely volunteer-run, your contribution goes a lot farther. Kind thanks for your support through the years! Click here to make a donation today.

Annual fun run combines live music, craft beer, and outdoor culture

September 24, 2015 – For the third year in a row, the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is organizing a fun-filled fall festival in the community-minded spirit of Germany’s Oktoberfest tradition. The BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl takes place in Duluth on Sunday, October 4. The event connects the Duluth area music, craft beer, and running communities.

 

BradtoberFest memorializes Duluth musician Brad Rozman. It offers participants a unique opportunity to listen to live local music while sampling craft beer and navigating a path linking local breweries and pubs.

 

“The idea is to give participants a sampling of some of the best aspects of life in the area,” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president. “We’ve got an extraordinary music scene, which Brad used to be a part of, as well as exceptional craft beer. And we’ve become known for our active outdoor pursuits. We think it makes sense to celebrate these tremendous local assets.”

 

Participants can either run or walk the approximately 3-mile route that begins at Bent Paddle Brewing Company, stops at a number of breweries and pubs, and finally culminates at the Redstar Lounge (Fitger’s complex) for a finish line celebration featuring food, music, belly dancing and a craft beer-centric silent auction.

 

Events organized by the Friends of Brad include elements of humor and absurdity. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes and sport “tighty-whities” or “Bradley Briefs” as a goofy tribute to the foundation’s fun-loving namesake.

 

Proceeds will benefit young musicians, supporting programs such as the Duluth Music Resource Center and FOBMF’s scholarship, fellowship, and other charitable programs.

 

Ticket information and further info:

BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl – Sunday, October 4 – 11:30am – 6pm

Music starts at 11:30am at Bent Paddle Brewing Co. (1912 W Michigan Street, Duluth, MN)
Registration fee: $25 ($30 event day, registration begins at 11am)
BradtoberFest Tickets: bradtoberfest2015.eventbrite.com

 

Registration includes: a 4 oz. beer sample and live music at each stop, plus entrance to the Redstar Lounge finish line party.

 

Performers: The Boomchucks, The Brothers Burn Mountain, Hannah Rey, Ingeborg von Agassiz, Lord Montague, Portrait of a Drowned Man, Robot Rickshaw, Tribal Alchemie, Two Harbors Ukulele Group (THUG), and Wood Blind!

 

Kind thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, we could not be successful without them!  They’ve shown their support for young local musicians. Be sure to show your support for them! http://bradfest.org/sponsors/

 

About the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation

Bradley E. Rozman’s life was tragically cut short in May 2009. The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was initially created by a group of Brad’s family and close friends to honor his memory. The Foundation celebrates and cultivates young Minnesota musicians through a variety of programs, including BradFest, a music festival. For more information or to contribute to the Foundation, contact info@friendsofbrad.org or visit http://www.friendsofbrad.org.

 

About Bradley E. Rozman

Brad Rozman discovered a love for drumming at a young age and pursued this passion with vigor for the rest of his life. In the early days, he formed garage bands with his musician friends and led the drum line in the VHS marching band. After high school, he went on to study percussion performance at St. Cloud State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. When he returned to Minnesota from graduate school, Brad became involved in many music-making endeavors in the Duluth area, most notably as the drummer for the bands High Volt Rustler and Equal Exchange.

 

Announcing the fifth annual Friends of Brad scholarship competition!

For the fifth year in a row, the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is offering a scholarship opportunity for young musicians in rural Northeastern Minnesota. High school students graduating in 2015 who plan to pursue musical endeavors while attending college are invited to apply.
 

The Foundation will grant two scholarships for $500 in 2015. The one-time scholarships are open to student musicians residing in rural areas of St. Louis, Itasca, Lake, and Cook counties (excluding Duluth). Preference will be given to students planning to major in music and pursue music-related careers. Students with strong musical backgrounds who plan to participate in performance activities such as ensembles, bands, or choirs in college are welcome to apply.
 

“Thanks to wonderful community support and the success of our fall BradtoberFest event, we are able to increase our scholarship awards this year,” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president. “Nine young musicians have now benefitted from our scholarships, which is very gratifying in a time when resources for aspiring musicians are so lacking. It’s a fitting way to pay tribute to our namesake Brad Rozman.”
 

Past FOBMF scholarship recipients include: Ricky “Chip” Sundstrom, Two Harbors; Aaron Wilcox, Virginia; Austin Becicka, Virginia; Ginger Lund, Deer River; Kimberly Rice, Virginia; Haylee Donnelson, Mesabi East; Justin Bohrer, Two Harbors; Bryon Klimek, Chisholm; and Alayna Starr, Virginia. More about FOBMF’s talented scholarship recipients: http://friendsofbrad.org/initiatives/scholarship-recipients/
 

The scholarship application deadline is Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5pm (CST). More information and an application are available online: www.friendsofbrad.org/scholarships.

3 Miles. 9 Breweries. 15 Local Bands. And a Whole Lot of Tighty Whities.

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) will channel the celebratory, community-minded spirit of Germany’s Oktoberfest with an upcoming festival that connects Duluth area music, craft beer, and running communities.

 

The BradtoberFest Run/Rawk/Crawl will take place in Duluth on Sunday, October 5. The event offers participants a unique opportunity to listen to live music and taste 4-ounce samples of local craft beer while traversing a path that links local breweries and beer-centric venues.

 

Participants can either run or walk the approximately 3-mile route that begins at Bent Paddle Brewing Company, stops at a number of breweries and pubs and finally culminates at the Fitger’s complex courtyard in a finish line celebration featuring food, music, games, and a silent auction. An after party with additional music will follow at the Red Herring Lounge.

 

Events organized by the Friends of Brad always include elements of humor and absurdity, in keeping with the playful disposition of their namesake, Brad Rozman. Participants can choose to be pied in the face at the finish line and are encouraged to wear costumes and sport “tighty-whities” underwear.

 

Proceeds will benefit young musicians, supporting programs such as the Duluth Music Resource Center and FOBMF’s scholarship, fellowship, and other charitable programs.

 

Find out more at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bradtoberfest-registration-12682841721

 

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Friends of Brad announces fourth annual scholarship competition

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is delighted to announce a scholarship opportunity for high school musicians in rural Northeastern Minnesota. Students graduating in 2014 who plan to pursue musical endeavors while attending college are encouraged to apply.

 

The Foundation will grant two scholarships for $300 this year. These are one-time scholarships open to student musicians residing in rural areas of St. Louis, Itasca, Lake, and Cook counties (excluding Duluth). Preference will be given to students that plan to major in music and pursue music-related careers. However, students with strong music backgrounds that plan to participate in performance activities such as ensembles, bands, or choirs in college are also welcome to apply.

 

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer scholarships to young area musicians for the fourth year in a row,” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president. “After this year we will have given nine scholarships. Being able to cultivate the passion and potential shown by these young adults is gratifying. It’s a powerful way to remember and pay tribute to our namesake Brad Rozman, who was a talented percussionist and Iron Range native.”

 

Past FOBMF scholarship recipients include: Austin Becicka, Virginia; Ginger Lund, Deer River; Kimberly Rice, Virginia; Haylee Donnelson, Mesabi East; Justin Bohrer, Two Harbors; Bryon Klimek, Chisholm; and Alayna Starr, Virginia. More about FOBMF’s talented scholarship recipients.

 

The scholarship application deadline is Thursday, May 1, 2014 at midnight (CST). More information and an application are available online: www.friendsofbrad.org/scholarships.