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Vikingland Band Festival big winners: 728 Cadets and Mankato 77 Lancers

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Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

One after another, 21 marching bands from across Minnesota - and one all the way from Oslo, Norway - wowed a big crowd with their precision, percussion and performances in downtown Alexandria Sunday.

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The 29th annual Vikingland Band Festival played out under a perfect sunny sky and temperatures in the upper 70s.

In the end, the band, 728 Cadets from Elk River, Rogers and Zimmerman shined the brightest, earning its first Grand Champion title with the program, "A Simple Gift."

The Mankato 77 Lancers placed second overall and earned its seventh People's Choice award with its program, "Revolution." Park Center, Waconia and Sauk Rapids-Rice rounded out the overall top five bands.

The Jefferson High School Marching Band kicked off the festival, followed by the Stabekk School Band from Oslo, which made its second appearance at the event. As exhibition bands, they weren't judged in the competition.

Here are the point totals for the bands that competed:

CLASS A

75.60 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg

64.60 Bertha-Hewitt

63.55 New York Mills

58.00 Maple Lake

55.90 Foley

Color Guard -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg

Percussion -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg

Wind section -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg

CLASS AA

75.10 Henry Sibley

74.60 Winona Cotter

68.50 Virginia

63.70 Albany

Color Guard -- Henry Sibley

Percussion -- Henry Sibley

Wind section -- Henry Sibley

CLASS AAA

84.70 Waconia

81.80 Sauk Rapids-Rice

74.50 Bemidji

68.00 Fergus Falls

62.90 Maple Grove

Color Guard -- Sauk Rapids-Rice

Percussion -- Sauk Rapids-Rice

Wind section - Waconia

CLASS AAAA

90.90 728 Cadets

90.20 Mankato Lancers

86.60 Park Center

81.30 St. Cloud All-City

79.50 Champlin Park

Color Guard -- 728 Cadets

Percussion -- Mankato Lancers

Wind section -- Mankato Lancers

PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Mankato Lancers

GRAND CHAMPION

728 Cadets

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