Parade Marching Championship
Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Drum Corps Premiere
Saturday, June 23, 2018
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 33-year history. Join us
to see who rises to the top in 2018!
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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.
Expanded for 2018: The 14th Avenue zone will have covered canopy tents with seating on padded chairs. Cheer as bands cross the finish line of the championship parade with their grand finale performance!
A very limited number of seats will be available in the VIP bleachers on the west side of 6th Avenue next to the judging platform where our grand marshals and major sponsors are seated. (Limit of 4 VIP tickets per order, please).
Every band will perform in front of the seating areas. Seats are available at 6th, 8th, 11th and 14th Avenues.
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FESTIVAL PRESENTS 2018 "MINNESOTA DRUM CORPS PREMIERE"
It's a two-day marching music weekend! The Vikingland Band Festival will present the Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere at 7:00 PM on Saturday, June 23.
Three drum and bugle corps will debut their 2018 field show productions, and three high school marching bands will kick off the evening by performing their summer parade music.
The event takes place at the Alexandria Area H.S. football field.
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FREE bonus DVD of aerial footage!
ORDER THE 2018 PARADE DVD
Overhead shots and multi-camera views make the 2018 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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GRAND MARSHALS ANNOUNCED
Bill and Anne Riggs have been chosen to lead the 2018 parade as Grand Marshals in recognition of their long record of supporting the arts and teaching two generations of students in Alexandria Public School District 206.
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2018 PARADE ENTRIES
Another fantastic lineup:
View the participating bands by class or in parade order.
• Alexandria - Host
• River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps - Honor Unit
• Champlin Park
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Maple Lake
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• Solar Sound
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets
View the list of participating bands by class
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Be sure to "like" the Vikingland Band Festival on Facebook to stay informed of last-minute updates, news and history about the Festival.
183 Photos! 2017 PHOTO GALLERY
Relive the excitement of the 2017 Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere and 33rd Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. View the 2017 photo gallery of 183 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 2017 appearances, these bands have appeared at least 15 times: Alexandria (33), Bertha-Hewitt (31), Fergus Falls (30), Waconia (29), Henry Sibley (28), Mankato Lancers (28), Winona Cotter (28), Long Prairie (27), Park Center (27),
St. Cloud All-City (24), Litchfield (22), Sauk Rapids (19), Osseo (18), New York Mills (17), Albany (16), Albert Lea (16).
Fourteen 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:
• 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 past photo galleries »
2017 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 »
Douglas County Hospital/Alexandria Clinic/Heartland Orthopedic Specialists
Pro Mach, Inc. Brenton, LLC
Alexandria Downtown Merchants
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Central Lakes Orthodontics
Douglas Machine Inc.
Elden's Fresh Foods
Geneva Capital, LLC
Glenwood State Bank
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL
Bell State Bank & Trust
Gardonville Coop Telephone
Minnesota Eye Institute
Viking Garage Door
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
City of Alexandria
Douglas Country Sheriff's Posse
Honor Guard - American Legion Post 87, Vietnam Veterans, VFW
Hubbard Radio - Alexandria
Northern Heart Music
Osakis Public Schools
Parkers Prairie Schools
Paul's Small Engine
Rose City Signs
Sauk Centre Public Schools
Viking Office Supply
West Central Sanitation