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The Jefferson High School Marching Band kicked off the Vikingland Band Festival on Sunday, heading a list of top-notch bands from throughout the state. For more photos and a video, go to (Photo by Al Edenloff)2 / 3
A special exhibition band at the festival was the Stabekk School Band from Oslo, Norway. (Photo by Al Edenloff)3 / 3

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 their 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:


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


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


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


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


Mankato Lancers


728 Cadets

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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