Vikingland Band Festival big winners: 728 Cadets and Mankato 77 Lancers
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.
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:
63.55 New York Mills
58.00 Maple Lake
Color Guard -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Percussion -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
Wind section -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
75.10 Henry Sibley
74.60 Winona Cotter
Color Guard -- Henry Sibley
Percussion -- Henry Sibley
Wind section -- Henry Sibley
81.80 Sauk Rapids-Rice
68.00 Fergus Falls
62.90 Maple Grove
Color Guard -- Sauk Rapids-Rice
Percussion -- Sauk Rapids-Rice
Wind section - Waconia
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