VIDEO: Park Center earns top prize at 2012 Vikingland Band FestivalAlexandria was once again blessed with blue skies and sunshine for a parade on Broadway – the third one this year. Jefferson High School hosted the 28th annual Vikingland Band Festival on Sunday, June 24.
By: Crystal Dey, Alexandria Echo Press
Alexandria was once again blessed with blue skies and sunshine for a parade on Broadway – the third one this year. Jefferson High School hosted the 28th annual Vikingland Band Festival on Sunday, June 24.
Nineteen bands, including Jefferson, performed four times along the route in 80 degree heat that was offset by an occasional whipping wind. The festival reported 2,000 performers in this year’s event.
Veteran festival goers sat chilled under umbrellas in prime locations perched at the edge of the sidewalk – coolers and sunblock close at hand. Rookie spectators tried to grab a piece of wall on the shady side of the street. All were hoping not to miss a step in the bands’ routines.
A Broadway streetscape and solo saxophonist were featured in Jefferson’s number, which was awarded best exhibition. As host band, Jefferson was not competing in the championship.
Albany tacked a chant onto the end of their bit and stomach pounding rhythms were felt when Grand Champion Park Center performed its tribal skit, “The Ritual.” The 728 Cadets won People’s Choice.
Bands congregated at the high school’s football field for a championship ceremony where winners were announced following the parade.
Grand Marshal Jim Eidsvold led the parade, cruising behind the Alexandria Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office squads. The Honor Guard also marched and banners displaying sponsorship insignia were carried between band performances.
The Vikingland Band Festival is always held on the last Sunday in June. Upcoming dates are June 30, 2013 and June 29, 2014. Reserved seating is available near the judges’ zone. Festival organizers report that more than 20,000 people turn out for the event each year.
2012 VIKINGLAND BAND FESTIVAL WINNERS
GRAND CHAMPION – Park Center
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – 728 Cadets
EXHIBITION – Jefferson High School
AAAA – Mankato Lancers
COLOR GUARD – Mankato Lancers
PERCUSSION – Mankato Lancers
WIND SECTION – Mankato Lancers
AAA – Park Center
COLOR GUARD – Park Center
PERCUSSION – Park Center
WIND SECTION – Park Center
AA – Winona Cotter
COLOR GUARD – Winona Cotter
PERCUSSION – Sauk Rapids-Rice
WIND SECTION – Winona Cotter
A – Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
COLOR GUARD – Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
PERCUSSION – Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
WIND SECTION – Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Visit vikinglandbandfestival.com to see the final scores.