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:

First Bradtoberfest to celebrate Duluth’s strong tradition of music, craft brewing, and running

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation will hold its first annual BradtoberFest Run/Walk/Crawl and Afterparty on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The event will celebrate Duluth’s craft beer, music, and running communities, offering participants a unique opportunity to sample local beer and music while traversing a path that links local breweries and beer-centric venues.


“Duluth Mayor Don Ness dubbed Duluth the ‘Craft Beer Capital of Minnesota’ earlier this year and observed that the ethos of craft beer culture transcends the beverage itself. We are in full agreement with him. Craft beer is a conscious choice that is intimately entangled with healthy lifestyles, outdoor recreation, seasonal beauty, and authentic local art and music cultures,” explains Friends of Brad’s President Troy Rogers. “In that spirit, the BradtoberFest Run/Walk/Crawl will be a celebration of the very best of Duluth: a broad showcase of local music and craft beer in the crisp air of early October, with the beautiful city and Lake Superior as its backdrop—a sensorially rich experience not to be missed.”


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


BradtoberFest Run/Walk/Crawl
Saturday, October 5
Starting at noon at Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
1912 W Michigan Street, Duluth, MN
Registration fee: $25*


Here is the full schedule for the day’s events:

11:30 am: registration opens at Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Noon: Welcoming toast by Duluth Mayor Don Ness
12:15-4 pm: Run/Walk/Crawl, with music and craft beer samples at each stop:

  • Bent Paddle Brewing Co.: Two Harbors Ukulele Group
  • Canal Park Brewing: Preston Gunderson
  • Dubh Linn Pub: Hannah Rey
  • 7 West Taphouse: performance by Jaze, featuring craft beer from Castle Danger Brewing and Borealis Fermentery
  • Carmody: Tribal Alchemie
  • Tycoon’s: Snöbarn


10 pm: Afterparty at Tycoons (free admission for all; Run/Walk/Crawl Participants get a free drink!). Performances:

  • BNLX
  • the Boomchucks
  • Lion or Gazelle
  • Jaze

Announcing the Friends of Brad 2013 Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to Byron Klimek and Alayna Starr, our 2013 scholarship recipients!


Alayna Starr is a Virginia High School graduate. Inspired by her aunt to play flute, she went on to win many awards for her solo and ensemble performances during high school. Alayna also plays piano and was active in pep and marching bands and musicals. She will attend Concordia College minoring in music performance and majoring in finance. Listen to Alayna perform Doppler’s Hungarian Rhapsody.


A graduate of Chisolm High School, Byron Klimek recently discovered a love of the cello while watching a performance of the Minnesota Orchestra. He quickly learned to play and served as the Associate Principal Cellist for the Mesabi Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Byron also plays the clarinet and took part in concert, jazz, pep and city bands. Byron will major in Instrumental Music Education at the University of Wisconsin at Superior. Watch this video to hear Justin play Bach’s Prelude to Cello Suite 2 in D Minor.

Spring has sprung – time for Friends of Brad 2013 scholarships!

The Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation (FOBMF) is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for young musicians in rural Northeastern Minnesota. Two scholarships of $300 are available to students graduating in 2013 who plan to pursue musical endeavors while attending college.


This one-time scholarship is open to students residing in St. Louis (*excluding Duluth), Itasca, Lake, and Cook counties. Preference will be given to students who plan to major in music, but those who intend to participate in performance activities such as ensembles, bands or choirs can also apply.


“Our namesake, Brad Rozman was a talented musician who grew up on the Iron Range,” says Troy Rogers, FOBMF president. “He was keenly aware of the need for additional encouragement of aspiring musicians in this region. Our organization seeks to develop and enhance opportunities for area musicians. The scholarship program is one small piece of that ambitious goal.”


Past FOBMF scholarship recipients include: Austin Becicka, Virginia; Ginger Lund, Deer River; Kimberly Rice, Virginia; Haylee Donnelson, Mesabi East; and Justin Bohrer, Two Harbors.


The scholarship application deadline is Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at midnight (CST). More information and an application are available at:

Bradfest 2012 – two days of fantastic music and growing community

BradFest 2012 took place August 3-4 at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Two Harbors, MN.


Moving to the fairgrounds gave the fest the room that was needed to grow, as well as an indoor stage in case of rain, plenty of parking, and on-site camping for attendees, staff, and performers.


While you wait to attend next year, check out the following videos to get sense for the festival.


BradFest continues to embrace wide range of music, inspire shenanigans

Where else can you find bands, camping, pie, robots, belly dancing, beer, and a mud pit?!


During the first weekend of August, the Lake County Fairgrounds in Two
Harbors will be transformed by an extraordinary event. The third annual BradFest has
enlisted a variety of notable musicians and will feature an assortment of antics, such as the
infamous pie fight, laughing yoga, creative use of a mud pit, and more.


BradFest memorializes Duluth percussionist Brad Rozman and benefits young Minnesota
musicians. The festival just confirmed several high‐caliber acts to the lineup. Acclaimed
alternative rock veterans Cracker and Minneapolis‐based, punk pop darlings Sick of Sarah
head the lineup. Other notable acts include Rhymesayers Entertainment hip hop artist Toki
Wright, venerable AmRep noise rockers Hammerhead, and reggae‐tinged indie post‐
punkers Sweet Ray Laurel.


BradFest serves up a unique festival experience featuring a packed lineup of stellar music
from a wide variety of genres. The festival cultivates a spirit of community among
musicians, entertainers, and attendees alike.“Minnesota offers a wealth of excellent music
to showcase, and our festival is now also beginning to attract talent from across the
country. We work hard to program a diverse mix guaranteed to challenge and reward our
audience,” says Troy Rogers, the festival’s artistic director.


“Our festival’s namesake, Brad Rozman, had a wonderfully wacky sense of humor, so we
honor his spirit with a pie fight and other antics,” says Rogers. “People of all ages enjoy
watching someone get splattered by pie. It’s wholesome fun for the whole family. We
always try to include some surprise elements to liven things up.”


This year marks a significant expansion of festival. It has moved to the Lake County
Fairgrounds, where there is on‐site camping for attendees, plentiful parking, and an indoor
stage in case of severe weather. The event will take place rain or shine and will include
food, craft beer, and a silent auction raising money to support programs for young
musicians in Minnesota.


Find out more and get tickets online at

Making an impact

Friends of Brad’s purpose is to directly assist young Minnesota musicians. With money raised from the inaugural BradFest, we are already making an impact. We awarded two college scholarships to Iron Range musicians. We donated money to the Two Harbors high school band for the purchase of percussion instruments. We also created a fellowship for young professional musicians residing in Northeastern MN to provide support during the often-difficult time between formal music training and the onset of a professional music career (to be awarded in the fall). And we’re working to set up a visiting artist fund at St. Cloud State University (Brad’s Alma mater).

We’re gearing up for the second annual BradFest now. There will be pie and it’s sure to be a great time, with an eclectic mix of music and entertainment. New this year: Brazilian street samba led by Terry Vermillion, Brad’s former mentor! Hope to see you there!

Save the Date for BradFest 2011! – August 5-6

BradFest is a memorial music festival, organized by the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation, that will benefit young Minnesota musicians and honor the the life of Bradley E. Rozman.

The inaugural Bradfest was a success and the Friends of Brad Memorial Foundation would like to thanks the many wonderful people who helped make it so.

Bradfest is an annual music festival that will feature an eclectic mix of local and regional live music, entertainment, refreshments, and some silly surprises.

Please join us in our mission to celebrate and cultivate young MN musicians!