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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CELEBRATING 31 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE!
The Vikingland Band Festival celebrates 31 Years in 2015. More information and many updates will be posted in the coming weeks.
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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.
2015 PARADE ENTRIES
A fantastic lineup! Thanks to all the directors who registered for the 31st Annual Festival (as of April 1):
• 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
• Solar Sound of Central Minnesota
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets (Elk River/Rogers/Zimmerman)
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!
140 Photos! 2014 PHOTO GALLERY
Relive the excitement of the 30th Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. View the 2014 photo gallery of 140 images featuring every band plus highlights of the weekend.
2014 PARADE RESULTS
The closest margin in festival history determined the Grand Champion award during the 30th Annual Vikingland Band Festival.
A difference of merely one-tenth of one point propelled the 728 Cadets to their second consecutive Grand Champion title.
The 728 Cadets' program titled "Spectacular" was filled with visual effects and was supported by the competition's overall
top color guard and percussion section. The Mankato 77 Lancers' production titled "Unsung Heroes" earned the second
highest score of the day and rode the strength of the Lancer's overall top music score. People's Choice went to Waconia,
which also earned first place in its class and third place overall. Rounding out the top five bands were Park Center and Champlin Park.
During the awards ceremony, Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps thrilled a standing-room-only crowd with the debut of its 2014 field show.
View 2014 results online or download the complete recap (PDF format).
FREE bonus DVD of aerial footage!
ORDER THE 2014 PARADE 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 »
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 2014 appearances, these bands have appeared at least 15 times: Fergus Falls (27), Long Prairie (27), Park Center (26), Waconia (26), Henry Sibley (25), Mankato Lancers (25), Winona Cotter (25),
St. Cloud All-City (24), Litchfield (22), Osseo (18), Albert Lea (16), New York Mills (16), Sauk Rapids (16).
Festival Scenes: View past photo galleries »
2014 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 »
Alexandria Lions Club
Douglas County Hospital/Alexandria Clinic/Heartland Orthopedic
Alexandria Downtown Merchants
Alexandria Technical & Community College
American Accessories For Band
Carlson Music Center
Dairy Queen South
Elden's Food Fair
Gate City Bank
Garden Center Lanes
Glenwood State Bank
Holiday Inn/Rudy's Redeye Grill
Knights of Columbus
Martinson Insurance Agency
Pete's County Market
VFW Post #936
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Bell State Bank
Gardonville Cooperative Telephone
AgCountry Farm Credit Services
Alexandria Golf Cars & Koep's Korner
Alexandria Park Department
Alexandria Police Department
Alexandria Recreational Vehicles
Alexandria Street Dept.
American Legion Post 87
Bell State Bank
Douglas County Sheriff's Posse
Farm Credit Services
Independent School District #206
Jack's Family Recycling
Minnewaska Schools/Pat Osterberg
Runestone Electric Assn.
Viking Office Supply
Viking State Bank
West Central Sanitation