Parade Marching Championship
Sunday, June 28, 2015
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 30-year history. Join us
to see who rises to the top in 2015!
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DVD Shipping Update
Excellent Multimedia tells us the 2015 Vikingland Band Festival DVDs will be mailed in late September ... so everyone should receive their orders around October 1. We apologize for the longer than usual delay in production time!
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.
2015 PARADE RESULTS
Both the audience and the 728 Cadets were big winners at the 31st Annual Vikingland Band Festival,
where sunny skies smiled on one great performance after another. The 728 Cadets will now go down in history
as one of only four bands to win the Grand Champion title three consecutive years.
The 728 Cadets earned awards for Grand Champion, People's Choice, overall top percussion and overall top color guard.
The Mankato 77 Lancers placed second overall and earned the overall top music score.
Rounding out the top five bands were Waconia, Champlin Park and Park Center.
The Store Bergan School Band from Norway earned a standing ovation all along the parade route, and
Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps thrilled a crowd of more than 3,000 spectators at the awards ceremony with the debut of its 2015 field show.
View 2015 results online.
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TWO DAYS OF MUSIC!
This year the marching music will fill Alexandria all weekend ... with several special events planned on Saturday, June 27 ahead of Sunday's big parade. Come a day early and bring the family. Concessions will be available at all events.
Saturday, June 27
4:00 PM - Marching music performances at Awake the Lakes RibFest. Along 2nd Avenue near the Big Ole Viking statue. Featuring the Alexandria Marching Band and Store Bergan Skolekorps (Norway).
7:00 PM - Vikingland Band Festival Preview Concert. At the new Alexandria Area High School football field. Featuring the Store Bergan Skolekorps (Norway) and a full field show performance by Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps.
Sunday, June 28
1:30 PM - 31st Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. On Broadway from 4th Avenue to 15th Avenue.
Post-Parade - Join us for the colorful awards ceremony at the new Alexandria Area High School football field. Enjoy pre-ceremony entertainment from our two honor units, Store Bergan Skolekorps and Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps.
REVIEWING STAND SEATS Order now!
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.
Seats at 6th Avenue are on the EAST side of the street facing the judges platform. Seats at 8th Avenue are on BOTH sides of the street and will have an emcee providing commentary between the performances.
Seats in the 14th Avenue final performance zone will be on the WEST side.
Every marching band will perform in these areas. Order bleacher tickets online »
2015 PARADE ENTRIES
A fantastic lineup! Thanks to all the directors who registered for the 31st Annual Festival:
View the participating bands by class or in parade order.
• Alexandria - Host
• Store Bergan Skolekorps (Sandefjord, Norway) - Honor Unit
• Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• Champlin Park
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Maple Lake
• New York Mills
• Park Center
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets (Elk River/Rogers/Zimmerman)
GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED
Owen and Audrey Miller have been chosen to lead the 2015 parade as Grand Marshals in recognition of their support of the school district music program and involvement in the community of Alexandria.
Both Millers have served as volunteers with the band boosters. In addition, Owen was a member of the Army National Guard and served as the American Legion Commander from 2007 to 2012.
BAND FROM NORWAY TO MARCH IN 2015
The Store Bergan Skolekorps from Sandefjord, Norway has confirmed plans to appear in the 2015 Vikingland Band Festival. The band is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and the USA tour will be the centerpiece of its jubilee celebration.
The Festival committee is thrilled to welcome our international guests to Alexandria!
Did you know that 87 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: 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).
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