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Brassholes Rock Out for One of Their Own Battling Cancer

Mar 06, 2019 09:44AM ● By Editor

March 6, 2019 – On Saturday, March 9, the Minnesota Brassholes Rockin’ Sheriffs band will perform a live concert to help raise funds and show solidarity for one of their own who is battling breast cancer, Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Darlene Reddy of Breckenridge, MN.

The concert, which starts at 9 pm, at the is part of a larger benefit to assist Deputy Reddy and her family while she completes medical treatment. The event, being organized by Rothsay Town & Country and the Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office, will take place at the Old Rothsay School and kicks-off at 4 pm, Saturday.

The MN Brassholes Rockin’ Sheriffs band is made up of five Sheriffs (one recently retired) from around the state with a passion for music, including:

  • Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen, lead guitar and vocals: Currently serving his second term as Cook County Sheriff and a 24-year law enforcement veteran. Pat holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership from Concordia University and a bachelor’s degree in Education from Bemidji State University. He is also a licensed K-12 teacher who has taught English and Music. Eliasen has played and sung with his performing band MYsterious WAYs since 1991 and has recorded two albums with band Oversize Load. He started playing guitar at age 15 with best friend Mike Pratt, lead guitarist for Mysterious Ways. Pratt is playing a special guest performance with the Brassholes for this event.

  • Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose, bass: Scott is also serving his second term as Sheriff for Dodge County, the third of four generations of law enforcement in his family. Scott started playing bass at 15 years old and performed in two popular SE MN cover bands in the 80s.  Scott then switched gears and went south to attend the Ron Bailie School of Broadcasting in Phoenix Arizona and worked in rock and country radio stations in AZ, KS, NE, and MN.  An unexpected career change found Scott following in his father’s footsteps, returning to college in Minnesota to earn his Law Enforcement degree and pursue his second career. While Scott hung up his bass for many years to focus on work and family, his love for music never wavered. After being elected Sheriff in 2015, Scott picked up the bass again and has been playing regularly ever since – from Rock, to Country, to Christian Contemporary.   

  • Goodhue County, retired Sheriff Scott McNurlin, drums and vocals: Scott worked his entire 35-year career with the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office working nearly every position, starting as a Dispatcher in 1983. Scott earned a master’s degree in Police Leadership, Administration, and Education from the University of St. Thomas, and bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA, and a graduate of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar. Scott began his music career in middle school as a concert band and jazz band drummer. In high school through college he drummed for bands performing music in the genres of rock, southern rock, country, blues, and jazz. Scott also drums for his church’s Praise and Worship Team playing contemporary Christian music. In addition to the drums, Scott plays the guitar and has recently begun learning to play the bass guitar. In retirement, music has once again become one of his favorite passions.  

  • Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn, percussion and vocals: Sheriff Dunn graduated from Alexandria Technical College with a Degree in Law Enforcement. He started his career in Crow Wing County as a deputy sheriff, and then went to Kenyon where he was Patrol Officer. In 1989, he was hired by the Rice County Sheriff’s Office and was a Use of Force and Firearms Instructor, DARE Officer, ERU member and commander, Patrol Sergeant and Chief Deputy before being elected Sheriff in 2010. Sheriff Troy Dunn is currently in his third term as Rice County Sheriff with 31 years of law enforcement experience. Musically, Troy aka Biff, is active in Free Spirit, a contemporary band that plays monthly church services. He enjoys all kinds of music, but his heart is in 70s and 80s rock. “Biff” continues to add new percussion instruments with each Brassholes show while singing and loves to get the audience involved and entertain with his many “wardrobe changes”.

  • Wilkin County Sheriff Rick Fiedler, rhythm guitar and vocals: Sheriff Fiedler started playing guitar at age 16. He’s played in three different bands. He also plays in Worship Ministry with Our lady of Victory Church in Fergus Falls. Rick served as a Deputy Sheriff in Pope County from 1987-1988, Deputy Sheriff in Traverse County from 1988-1991. Wilkin County Deputy Sheriff 1991-2002 and was promoted to Chief Deputy 2002-2010. Fiedler has been serving Wilkin County as Sheriff since 2011.

The event will include a bean bag tournament, food, prizes, an auction and a special “Shaving the Sheriff” initiative featuring Wilkin County Sheriff Fiedler who has been growing out his hair to be able to shave it off in a show of support for his Deputy and what she is going through.


L-r: Sheriff Pat Eliasen, Sheriff Rick Fiedler, Retired Sheriff Scott McNurlin (drums), Sheriff Troy Dunn and Sheriff Scott Rose 

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Contact: Valerie Marasco, PIO – MN Brassholes Rockin’ Sheriffs, 218-387-5366 or
                 [email protected]

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