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31st Annual
Vikingland
Band Festival

Parade Marching Championship

Sunday, June 28, 2015
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 30-year history. Join us to see who rises to the top in 2015!

Future Dates:
June 28, 2015
June 26, 2016
June 25, 2017
Always the last Sunday
in June

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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.

FREE bonus DVD of aerial footage!
ORDER THE 2015 PARADE DVD
Vikingland Band Festival DVD Fantastic aerial shots and multi-camera views make the Vikingland Band Festival DVD great. The television-style production features each band's performance on the parade route. By popular demand, you will again get a bonus DVD of unedited footage from the overhead camera. Each band's performance can be seen from the air, uncut, showcasing their formations as they march through the video recording area. Get details and order now at ExcellentMultimedia.com »

NEW! "LIKE" US ON FACEBOOK
Facebook The Vikingland Band Festival now has an official presence on Facebook. Be sure to like our page to stay informed of updates, news and history about the Festival.

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). Minnesota Brass will march in the 2015 Vikingland Band Festival
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!
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.

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
• Albany
• Bertha-Hewitt
• Champlin Park
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Hutchinson
• Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Maple Lake
• New York Mills
• Park Center
• Richfield
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Waconia
• 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
Store Bergan Skolekorps from Sandefjord Norway will march in the 2015 Vikingland Band Festival 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!

PAST RESULTS
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).

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

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 »

2015 PLATINUM SPONSORS

2015 Platinum Sponsors Alexandria Hotel and Hospitality, Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Echo Press, Excellent Multimedia, Henry's Foods, Independent School District 206, Livewire Entertainment, Schmitt Music, Walmart

GOLD SPONSORS
Aagard
Brenton Engineering
Douglas County Hospital/Alexandria Clinic/Heartland Orthopedic


SILVER SPONSORS
Alexandria Downtown Merchants
Alexandria Lions Club
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Carlson Music Center
Central Lakes Orthodontics
Cub Foods
Dairy Queen South
Doherty Staffing Solutions
Eckroth Music
Elden's Food Fair
Gate City Bank
Garden Center Lanes
Glenwood State Bank
Juettner Motors
Kensington Bank
Martinson Insurance Agency
Stanbury Uniforms
Steinbring Motorcoach


FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Bell State Bank
Gardonville Cooperative Telephone
Todd and Rhonda Blaser in honor of 2015 graduating band students


IN-KIND SPONSORS
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
BluebirdShopper.com
Bremer Bank
Cowing Robards
Douglas County Sheriff's Posse
Glenwood State Bank
Hilltop Lumber
Honor Guard - American Legion Post 87, Vietnam Veterans, VFW
HPS Rentals
KIKV Radio
KXRA Radio
Marching.com
Midwest Machinery
Minnewaska Schools/Pat Osterberg
North Ambulance
Rose City Signs
Paul's Small Engine
US Bank
Viking Office Supply
Viking Savings Bank
West Central Sanitation


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