Alex alumni marching band to perform during festival
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.