Parade Marching Championship
Sunday, June 26, 2016
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 31-year history. Join us
to see who rises to the top in 2016!
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CELEBRATING 32 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE
The Vikingland Band Festival celebrates 32 Years in 2016. More information and many updates will be posted in the coming weeks.
CALGARY BANDS TO PERFORM IN 2016!
It's going to be a spectacular year! Three marching bands comprising more than 400 performers will travel from Calgary, Alberta, to perform in the 2016 Vikingland Band Festival. The Calgary Stampede Showband, Calgary Stetson Show Band and Calgary Round-Up Band will bring their unique western flavor of marching performance to Alexandria.
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120 Photos! 2015 PHOTO GALLERY
Relive the excitement of the 31st Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. View the 2015 photo gallery of 120 images featuring every band plus highlights of the weekend's marching music performances.
Did you know that 88 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...?
Two bands have appeared in every Vikingland Band Festival. Congrats and thanks to Bertha-Hewitt and Alexandria for this long run.
Including 2015 appearances, these bands have appeared at least 15 times: Alexandria (31), Bertha-Hewitt (31), Fergus Falls (28), Long Prairie (27), Park Center (27), Waconia (27), Henry Sibley (26), Mankato Lancers (26), Winona Cotter (26),
St. Cloud All-City (24), Litchfield (22), Osseo (18), New York Mills (17), Sauk Rapids (17), Albert Lea (16).
Thirteen 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:
• 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
Festival Scenes: View past photo galleries »
2015 PLATINUM SPONSORS
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 »
Douglas County Hospital/Alexandria Clinic/Heartland Orthopedic
Alexandria Downtown Merchants
Alexandria Lions Club
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Carlson Music Center
Central Lakes Orthodontics
Dairy Queen South
Doherty Staffing Solutions
Elden's Food Fair
Gate City Bank
Garden Center Lanes
Glenwood State Bank
Martinson Insurance Agency
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Bell State Bank
Gardonville Cooperative Telephone
Todd and Rhonda Blaser in honor of 2015 graduating band students
AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Alexandria Golf Cars & Koep's Korner
Alexandria Park Department
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria Recreational Vehicles
Alexandria Street Dept.
Bell State Bank
Douglas County Sheriff's Posse
Glenwood State Bank
Honor Guard - American Legion Post 87, Vietnam Veterans, VFW
Minnewaska Schools/Pat Osterberg
Rose City Signs
Paul's Small Engine
Viking Office Supply
Viking Savings Bank
West Central Sanitation