Parade Marching Championship
Sunday, June 30, 2019
- AND -
Drum Corps Premiere and Vikingland Band Festival Preview
Field Exhibition plus Standstill Performances
Saturday, June 29, 2019
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!
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SATURDAY FIELD EVENT TICKETS
It's a two-day marching music weekend! The "Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere & Vikingland Band Festival Preview" will be held at 7:00 PM on Saturday, June 29, at the Alexandria Area H.S. football field.
Enjoy the 2019 field show debut of River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps plus standstill performances by 728 Cadets, Dassel-Cokato Marching Chargers and Alexandria Marching Band.
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GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED
To celebrate 35 years of success, the Vikingland Band Festival is proud to announce that eight long-serving former committee members will serve as grand marshals of the 2019 Vikingland Band Festival.
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FREE bonus DVD of aerial footage!
ORDER THE 2019 PARADE DVD
Multi-camera views make the 2019 Festival DVD great. Professional cameras from Livewire Entertainment capture the bands at the peak of their summer season.
Your DVD includes a bonus disc featuring unedited footage from the overhead camera.
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JOIN THE ALEXANDRIA ALUMNI BAND!
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!
2019 PARADE ENTRIES
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
• Champlin Park
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Lakes International Language Academy
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Solar Sound
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets
View the list of participating bands by class or in parade order.
PARADE REVIEWING STAND SEATS
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.
Every band will perform in front of the seating areas. Seats are available at 6th, 8th, 11th and 14th Avenues.
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158 Photos! 2018 PHOTO GALLERY
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.
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.
DID YOU KNOW...?
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
Festival Scenes: View photo galleries »
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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 »
Carlson Music Center
Henry's Foods, Inc.
Alexandria Technical & Community College
American Business Solutions
Central Lakes Orthodontics
DQ Grill & Chill
Douglas Machine Inc.
Elden's Fresh Foods
Garden Center Lanes
Glenwood State Bank
Minnesota Eye Institute
REA - Runestone Electric Association
Widseth Smith Nolting
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association
Fort Chippewa Post No. 936 Veterans of Foreign Wars
Gardonville Cooperative Telephone
Knights of Columbus
Michael H. Collins, DDS
MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union
Viking Garage Door
Alexandria Golf Cars & Koep's Korner
Alexandria Park Department
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria Recreational Vehicles
Alexandria Street Department
AgCountry Farm Credit Services
City of Alexandria
Douglas Country Sheriff's Posse
Honor Guard - American Legion Post 87, Vietnam Veterans, VFW
Jessica Cook Design
Lakes Area Recreation
Mike's In Out Oil Change
North Star Academy
Osakis Public Schools
Rose City Signs
Viking Office Supply
West Central Sanitation
Winning Edge Graphics