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Band festival features drum, bugle corps and alumni band

The Minnesota Brass and Drum Bugle Corp is a 130-member group from St. Paul. Besides marching in the Vikingland Band Festival parade, the group will perform a free exhibition prior to the festival awards ceremony. (Contributed)1 / 2
Organizers recently announced that the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps (pictured) and the Alexandria Alumni Band will march in the 30th annual Vikingland Band Festival’s marching championship on Sunday, June 29. The parade kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Broadway in Alexandria. (Contributed/ / 2

The 30th annual Vikingland Band Festival will feature the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps and the Alexandria Alumni Band in this year’s parade marching championship, scheduled for Sunday, June 29.

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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 130-member group from St. Paul will perform as the honor unit in the parade and will also perform a free exhibition of its 2014 field show prior to the festival’s awards ceremony.

The inclusion of a drum and bugle corps is a tribute to the festival’s history, according to committee chair Greg DeGier.

“We fondly remember the years when we hosted the Vikingland Drum Corps Classic in conjunction with the parade,” DeGier said. “There is nothing that matches the excitement and powerful sound of an all-brass horn line. We are thrilled that Minnesota Brass will be joining us in this milestone year. It is going to be a treat for the crowd.”

The Alexandria Alumni Band, which last appeared five years ago during the 25th annual festival, will also appear in this year’s parade. All graduates of the Alexandria band program are invited to join for the opportunity to march down Broadway once again.

Alumni can register and find more information at

The alumni band will be led by current Jefferson High School band director Todd Blaser. Other former directors and staff are also planning to be on hand for the weekend. Blaser encourages all former band members to get involved, and he said the experience goes beyond the parade performance.

“The alumni band is as much about reconnecting with old friends as it is about marching,” Blaser said.

DeGier noted that a festival of this magnitude doesn’t happen without the support of generous sponsors and volunteers.

To get involved, either by volunteering or donating, contact DeGier at (320) 491-9268 or

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