Vikingland Band Festival
35th Annual
Band Festival

Parade Marching Championship

Sunday, June 30, 2019
1:30 PM

- AND -

4th Annual
Drum Corps Premiere

Field Exhibition

Saturday, June 29, 2019
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 34-year history. Join us to see who rises to the top in 2019!

Future Dates:
June 30, 2019
June 28, 2020
June 27, 2021
Always the last Sunday
in June

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Another fantastic lineup: This year's parade features a full roster of 20 high school bands plus the Alexandria Alumni Band in exhibition. That's a total of 1,700 performers in 21 marching bands!
• Alexandria - Host
• Alexandria Alumni Band - Honor Unit
• Albany
• Bemidji
• Champlin Park
• Dassel-Cokato
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Hutchinson
• Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• Lakes International Language Academy
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Milaca
• Richfield
• Sartell
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Solar Sound
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Waconia
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets

Alexandria Alumni Band photo Be part of the tradition! The Alexandria Alumni Band has been forming every five years, and the group will gather in 2019 to celebrate the 35th Annual Vikingland Band Festival. The experience is equal parts reunion and performance ... visit the 2019 Alumni Band Info Page for details and to register!

158 Photos! 2018 PHOTO GALLERY
2018 Vikingland Band Festival Pictures Relive the excitement of the 2018 Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere and 34th Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. View the 2018 photo gallery of 158 images featuring every band and drum corps.

Henry Sibley H.S. earned the Grand Champion title at the 34th Annual Vikingland Band Festival, capping an exciting summer marching season where multiple bands were in contention for the top award. It was Henry Sibley's second Grand Champion win in Alexandria, having also earned the title in 1986. Seven bands scored above the 80-point mark in the competition, which indicates the depth of quality in this year's lineup. The Mankato 77 Lancers placed second overall and earned the Class AAAA Champion title for the first time since 2012. Waconia was named "People's Choice" for the seventh time, tying the record of seven wins held by the Mankato 77 Lancers. The Alexandria Marching Band served as host for the parade which featured 19 ensembles including special honor unit River City Rhythm Drum and Bugle Corps.

Henry Sibley scored 87.2 to claim the top honor. Mankato 77 Lancers scored 85.4, Waconia scored 85.3, 728 Cadets scored 84.6, and Sauk Rapids-Rice scored 80.9 to round out the overall top five. Dassel-Cokato claimed the Class AA champion title for the second consecutive year, and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg claimed the Class A champion title for the tenth consecutive year. View complete 2018 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.

Alexandria is the only band to appear in every Vikingland Band Festival, but many bands have a long history performing in the festival. Including 2018 appearances, these bands have appeared at least 15 times: Alexandria (34), Bertha-Hewitt (31), Fergus Falls (31), Waconia (30), Henry Sibley (29), Mankato Lancers (29), Winona Cotter (29), Long Prairie (27), Park Center (27), St. Cloud All-City (24), Litchfield (22), Sauk Rapids (20), Osseo (18), Albany (17), New York Mills (17), Albert Lea (16), Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (15).

Fourteen different bands have been named People's Choice since we launched the award in 1989, and the Mankato Lancers and Waconia have each won it a record seven times! Previous People's Choice award winners:
• 2018 Waconia
• 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

Vikingland Band Festival Photo Festival Scenes: View photo galleries »

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


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