Vikingland Band Festival
Get Tickets - Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere - Saturday, June 24, 2017
33rd Annual
Band Festival

Parade Marching Championship

Sunday, June 25, 2017
1:30 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 31-year history. Join us to see who rises to the top in 2017!

Future Dates:
June 25, 2017
June 24, 2018
June 30, 2019
Always the last Sunday
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Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere - Order tickets now >>

Vikingland Band Festival presents - Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere The exciting sounds of drum and bugle corps will join the beat of marching bands when the Vikingland Band Festival presents the 2017 Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere. All four of Minnesota's drum and bugle corps will debut their 2017 productions, and three 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 at 6:30 PM on Saturday, June 24. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 17. See Full Story >> and Get tickets >>

Fantastic lineup: This year's parade features a full roster of 20 high school bands plus two drum & bugle corps in exhibition. That's a total of 2,000 performers in 22 marching ensembles!

• Alexandria - Host
• Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• Albany
• Benson
• Champlin Park
• Dassel-Cokato
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Hutchinson
• Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Maple Lake
• Milaca
• Richfield
• Sartell
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Solar Sound
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Waconia
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets

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175 Photos! 2016 PHOTO GALLERY
2016 Vikingland Band Festival Pictures Relive the excitement of the Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere and 32nd Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. View the 2016 photo gallery of 175 images featuring every band and drum corps.

The biggest lineup since 1999 also proved to be one of the best, with a razor-thin margin of one-tenth of one point determining the Grand Champion title at the 32nd Annual Vikingland Band Festival. Waconia scored 89.2 to claim the top honor, with last year's champion 728 Cadets close behind at 89.1. The Mankato 77 Lancers rounded out the top three with 87.3. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg delighted the crowd with its touching World War II tribute, and claimed both the Class A Champion title and the overall People's Choice Award. A crowd estimated at more than 15,000 people enjoyed the Festival, which showcased three fantastic bands from Canada, including the Calgary Stampede Showband, Calgary Stetson Show Band and Calgary Round-Up Band. Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps also performed in exhibition. View 2016 results online.

Did you know that 92 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.

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:
• 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

Vikingland Band Festival Photo Festival Scenes: View past photo galleries »

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


2016 Platinum Sponsors Alexandria Hotel and Hospitality, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Echo Press, Henry's Foods, Independent School District 206, Livewire Entertainment, Walmart

Alexandria Technical & Community College
Douglas County Hospital/Alexandria Clinic/Heartland Orthopedic Specialists
Eckroth Music
Martinson Insurance
Pro Mach, Inc. Brenton, LLC
Schmitt Music
Stanbury Uniforms

Alexandria Downtown Merchants
Central Lakes Orthodontics
Cub Foods
Dairy Queen South
Doherty Staffing Solutions
Douglas Machine Inc.
Elden's Fresh Foods
Gate City Bank
Glenwood State Bank
Juettner Motors
Kensington Bank
Minnesota Eye Institute
Steinbring Motorcoach

Bell State Bank & Trust
Donation for Graduating Alexandria Band Seniors
Gardonville Coop Telephone
ITW Heartland

AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Alexandria Golf Cars & Koep's Korner
Alexandria Park Department
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria Recreational Vehicles
Alexandria Street Department
Barrel O' Fun
Bell State Bank
Bonn VanderTuin
Brandon-Evansville Schools
Bremer Bank
Cowing Robards
DataBae Systems
Douglas Country Sheriff's Posse
Hilltop Lumber
Honor Guard - American Legion Post 87, Vietnam Veterans, VFW
HPS Rentals
Hubbard Radio - Alexandria
KIKV Radio
KXRA Radio
Midwest Machinery
Mount Carmel
Mosquito Joe
North Ambulance
Northern Heart Music
Parkers Prairie Schools
Paul's Small Engine
Rose City Signs
Tastefully Simple
US Bank
Viking Office Supply
Viking Savings Bank
West Central Sanitation

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