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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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).
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE!
The Vikingland Band Festival celebrates 30 Years in 2014! Join us in this milestone year.
REVIEWING STAND SEATS Order now!
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 8th Avenue are on the EAST side of the street facing the judges platform and will have an emcee providing commentary between the performances.
Seats in the 11th Avenue DVD/People's Choice zone will be on the WEST side. 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 »
SLIGHT ROUTE CHANGE FOR 2014
This year's parade route will be two blocks shorter than usual, due to a road construction and beautification project.
The parade will travel south on Broadway from 6th Avenue to 15th Avenue.
There will be three performance zones which provide the best opportunity for you to hear every band play their music:
• Judging and a People's Choice voting area will be near 8th Avenue and Broadway.
• The DVD cameras and second People's Choice voting area are near 11th Avenue and Broadway.
• A final performance area is near 14th Avenue and Broadway. This zone ends where all the drum majors gather to salute their competitors.
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 »
MINNESOTA BRASS IS HONOR UNIT OF 30TH FESTIVAL
We are thrilled to welcome Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps as the Honor Unit of the 30th Annual Vikingland Band Festival.
Minnesota Brass is the 2011 national champion and the current percussion champion from last year's all-age drum corps championship held in Annapolis, Maryland.
The corps will march in the parade and will also perform a free exhibition of its 2014 field show prior to the awards ceremony. Don't miss the performances from this exciting group!
ALEXANDRIA ALUMNI BAND RETURNING
Alexandria graduates: Make plans now to perform with the 2014 Alexandria Alumni Marching Band. This will be the fifth time the band has assembled for
the Vikingland Band Festival. When the group last formed for the 25th Annual Festival, alumni members came from 6 states and represented 28 graduating classes from 1957 to 2009!
View details and register online >>
2014 PARADE ENTRIES
A fantastic lineup! Thanks to all the directors who registered for the 30th Annual Festival.
View the participating bands by class or in parade order.
• Alexandria - Host
• Alexandria Alumni Band - 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
• St. Cloud All-City
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets (Elk River/Rogers/Zimmerman)
GRAND MARSHAL ANNOUNCED
Marvin Martinson has been chosen to lead the 2014 parade as Grand Marshal in recognition of his long-standing support of the Festival and involvement in the community of Alexandria.
In addition to serving on the Festival committee and the Band Boosters board, Martinson has served as president of both the Runestone Museum and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.
Did you know that 85 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 2013 appearances, these bands have appeared at least 15 times: Fergus Falls (26), Park Center (25), Waconia (25), Henry Sibley (24), Mankato Lancers (24), Winona Cotter (24),
St. Cloud All-City (23), Litchfield (22), Osseo (18), Albert Lea (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