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Alex alumni marching band to perform during festival

The Alexandria alumni marching band, seen here in 2009, will perform during the annual Vikingland Band Festival Sunday, June 30. (Contributed)

Hey, Alexandria marching band alumni, it's time to dust off the drums, clean up the clarinets and shine up those shoes. You are all invited to participate in this year's Vikingland Band Festival.

All former band members are invited to march down Broadway at the 35th annual festival, which is set for Sunday, June 30.

Former marching band directors Greg DeGier and Todd Blaser will lead this year's alumni band, with other former directors and staff anticipated to be on hand for the band festival weekend.

DeGier encourages all former band members to get involved because he said the experience goes well beyond just performing in the parade.

"Based on past gatherings, we know the alumni band is as much about reconnecting with old friends and reliving those great memories as it is about marching," he said.

Alumni are asked to bring their own small instruments. Percussion equipment, color guard equipment and larger horns will be provided.

The alumni band has performed five times in the past, with their first appearance in 1994 at the 10th annual Vikingland Band Festival.

Due to popular demand from alumni members, the alumni band performed again in 2001. The alumni band now assembles and performs every five years, and has marched in the band festival in 2004, 2009 and 2014. During the 2004 performance, alumni band members came from 13 states and represented 28 graduating years from 1961-2004.

The band will hold a brief rehearsal on Saturday, June 29 at 4 p.m. and will march in the parade on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Alexandria marching band alumni members are asked to register at the band festival's website at www.vikinglandbandfestival.com.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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