Parade Marching Championship
Sunday, June 26, 2016
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 2016!
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FESTIVAL ADDS "MINNESOTA DRUM CORPS PREMIERE"
The exciting sounds of drum and bugle corps will join the beat of marching bands when the 2016 Vikingland Band Festival expands to a two-day event. Seven marching groups will perform in a field event at the Alexandria Area H.S. football field at 6:30 PM on Saturday, June 25.
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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 each of the bleacher areas. Seats at 6th Avenue (East and West sides) are in the judging area. Seats at 8th Avenue (West side) have an emcee providing commentary between performances.
Seats at 14th Avenue (West side) are in the final performance zone.
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ORDER THE 2016 PARADE DVD
Overhead shots and multi-camera views make the 2016 Festival DVD great. Professional cameras from Livewire Entertainment will capture the bands at the peak of their summer season.
New for 2016: To speed the delivery time of your order, a new vendor is being used this year.
Your DVD includes a bonus DVD featuring 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 11th Avenue recording area.
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2016 PARADE ENTRIES
The biggest lineup since 1999! This year's parade features 2,000 performers in 24 marching ensembles!
View the participating bands by class or in parade order.
• Alexandria - Host
• Calgary Stampede Showband - Honor Unit
• Calgary Stetson Show Band - Honor Unit
• Calgary Round-Up Band - Honor Unit
• Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• Champlin Park
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Maple Lake
• New York Mills
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Solar Sound
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets
GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED
Brent and Sally Smith have been chosen to lead the 2016 parade as Grand Marshals in recognition of their life-long involvement with music plus their consistent support of the community and school district music program.
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CALGARY BANDS TO PERFORM IN 2016!
It's going to be a spectacular year! Three marching bands comprising more than 400 performers will travel from Calgary, Alberta, to perform in the 2016 Vikingland Band Festival. The Calgary Stampede Showband, Calgary Stetson Show Band and Calgary Round-Up Band will bring their unique western flavor of marching performance to Alexandria.
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MINNESOTA BRASS RETURNS AS HONOR UNIT
We are thrilled to welcome Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps as a 2016 Honor Unit. The corps will debut its production in Alexandria at the Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere on Saturday night. On Sunday the corps will march in the parade and perform a field exhibition prior to the awards ceremony. Don't miss the performances from this exciting group!
Did you know that 88 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...?
Thirteen 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:
• 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 past photo galleries »
2016 PLATINUM SPONSORS
EXPERIENCE THE FESTIVAL IN PERSON
Join the 20,000 spectators and 2,000 performers for this spectacular event.
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Alexandria Technical & Community College
Douglas County Hospital/Alexandria Clinic/Heartland Orthopedic Specialists
Pro Mach, Inc. Brenton, LLC
Alexandria Downtown Merchants
Central Lakes Orthodontics
Dairy Queen South
Doherty Staffing Solutions
Douglas Machine Inc.
Elden's Fresh Foods
Gate City Bank
Glenwood State Bank
Minnesota Eye Institute
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Bell State Bank & Trust
Donation for Graduating Alexandria Band Seniors
Gardonville Coop Telephone
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
Douglas Country Sheriff's Posse
Honor Guard - American Legion Post 87, Vietnam Veterans, VFW
Hubbard Radio - Alexandria
Northern Heart Music
Parkers Prairie Schools
Paul's Small Engine
Rose City Signs
Viking Office Supply
Viking Savings Bank
West Central Sanitation