Vikingland Band Festival
Get Tickets - Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere - Saturday, June 23, 2018
34th Annual
Vikingland
Band Festival

Parade Marching Championship

Sunday, June 24, 2018
1:30 PM

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3rd Annual
Minnesota
Drum Corps Premiere

Field Exhibition

Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:00 PM

Alexandria, Minnesota

The Midwest's finest high school marching bands gather in Alexandria for the Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. Summer parade bands are at their peak in late June and they pull out all the stops as they perform on the city’s extra-wide main street.

Eight different bands have claimed the Grand Champion title in the Festival's 33-year history. Join us to see who rises to the top in 2018!

Future Dates:
June 24, 2018
June 30, 2019
June 28, 2020
Always the last Sunday
in June

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PARADE REVIEWING STAND SEATS
Vikingland Band Festival photo No need to bring your lawn chair or arrive extra early to reserve a spot! Bleacher seating is available in prime viewing areas along the parade route. Every band will perform in front of the seating areas. Seats are available at 6th, 8th, 11th and 14th Avenues. Order Parade Seating Tickets >>

MINNESOTA DRUM CORPS PREMIERE
Vikingland Band Festival presents - Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere It's a two-day marching music weekend! The Vikingland Band Festival will present the Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere at 7:00 PM on Saturday, June 23. River City Rhythm and Chops drum and bugle corps will debut their 2018 field show productions, and four high school marching bands will kick off the evening by performing their summer parade music. The event takes place at the Alexandria Area H.S. football field. See Full Story >> and Order Drum Corps Tickets >>

FREE bonus DVD of aerial footage!
ORDER THE 2018 PARADE DVD
Vikingland Band Festival DVD Overhead shots and multi-camera views make the 2018 Festival DVD great. Professional cameras from Livewire Entertainment capture the bands at the peak of their summer season. Your DVD includes a bonus disc featuring unedited footage from the overhead camera. Order Parade DVD >>

2018 PARADE ENTRIES
Another fantastic lineup: View the participating bands by class or in parade order.
• Alexandria - Host
• River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• Albany
• Champlin Park
• Dassel-Cokato
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Hutchinson
• Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Maple Lake
• Richfield
• Sartell
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Solar Sound
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Waconia
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets

GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED
Bill and Anne Riggs Bill and Anne Riggs have been chosen to lead the 2018 parade as Grand Marshals in recognition of their long record of supporting the arts and teaching two generations of students in Alexandria Public School District 206. Full Story >>

PAST RESULTS
Did you know that 93 different bands have appeared in the Vikingland Band Festival since its inception in 1985? Browse the Festival archives to access scores and participants from previous Festivals.

DID YOU KNOW...?
Alexandria is the only band to appear in every Vikingland Band Festival, but many bands have a long history performing in the festival. Including 2017 appearances, these bands have appeared at least 15 times: Alexandria (33), Bertha-Hewitt (31), Fergus Falls (30), Waconia (29), Henry Sibley (28), Mankato Lancers (28), Winona Cotter (28), Long Prairie (27), Park Center (27), St. Cloud All-City (24), Litchfield (22), Sauk Rapids (19), Osseo (18), New York Mills (17), Albany (16), Albert Lea (16).

Fourteen different bands have been named People's Choice since we launched the award in 1989, and the Mankato Lancers have won it a record seven times! Previous People's Choice award winners:
• 2017 728 Cadets
• 2016 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• 2015 728 Cadets
• 2014 Waconia
• 2013 Mankato Lancers
• 2012 728 Cadets
• 2011 Bemidji
• 2010 Mankato Lancers
• 2007-08-09 Waconia
• 2006 The Patriots
• 2004-05 Waconia
• 2000-01-02-03 Mankato Lancers
• 1999 Albert Lea
• 1998 Champlin Park
• 1997 Fergus Falls
• 1996 Long Prairie
• 1994-95 Irondale
• 1993 Mankato Lancers
• 1991-92 New Richmond, WI
• 1990 Henry Sibley
• 1989 Hibbing

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EXPERIENCE THE FESTIVAL IN PERSON
Join the 20,000 spectators and 2,000 performers for this spectacular event. Look here for the parade route and maps of Alexandria. More »

2018 PLATINUM SPONSORS

2018 Platinum Sponsors Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Echo Press, Explore Alex, Geneva Capital LLC, Independent School District 206, Livewire Entertainment, Walmart

GOLD SPONSORS
Aagard
Alomere Health
Henry's Foods
Stanbury Uniforms


SILVER SPONSORS
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Central Lakes Orthodontics
Cub Foods
Douglas Machine Inc.
DQ Grill & Chill
Eckroth Music
Elden's Fresh Foods
Garden Center Inc.
Glenwood State Bank
ITW Heartland
Juettner Motors
Kensington Bank
Martinson Insurance
MN Eye Institute
Pro Mach, Inc. Brenton, LLC
REA - Runestone Electric Association
Schmitt Music
Steinbring Motorcoach
Widseth Smith Nolting & Assoc., Inc


FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association
Bell Bank
Gardonville Coop Telephone
Knights of Columbus
Viking Garage Door


IN-KIND SPONSORS
Alexandria Golf Cars & Koep's Korner
Alexandria Park Department
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria Recreational Vehicles
Alexandria Street Department
Banners.com
Bell Bank
Bremer Bank
City of Alexandria
Cowing Robards
DataBae Systems
Douglas Country Sheriff's Posse
Hilltop Lumber
Honor Guard - American Legion Post 87, Vietnam Veterans, VFW
HPS Rental
Hubbard Radio - Alexandria
Jessica Cook Design
KIKV Radio
KXRA Radio
Joe Korkowski
Marching.com
Midwest Machinery
Mike's In Out Oil Change
Mosquito Joe
North Ambulance
Northern Heart Music
Osakis Public Schools
Parkers Prairie Schools
Rose City Signs
Sauk Centre Public Schools
Tastefully Simple
US Bank
Viking Office Supply
West Central Sanitation
Winning Edge Graphics
YMCA


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