Vikingland Band Festival
36th Annual
Band Festival

Parade Marching Championship

Sunday, June 28, 2020
1:30 PM

Alexandria, Minnesota

The Midwest's finest high school marching bands gather in Alexandria for the Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. Summer parade bands are at their peak in late June and they pull out all the stops as they perform on the city’s extra-wide main street.

Eight different bands have claimed the Grand Champion title in the Festival's 35-year history. Join us to see who rises to the top in 2020!

Future Dates:
June 28, 2020
June 27, 2021
June 26, 2022
Always the last Sunday
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2020 Vikingland Band Festival Virtual Showcase The 36th Annual Vikingland Band Festival is presented as a virtual showcase. We invited bands to submit videos, photos and tributes to their seniors; we invited committee members to extend video greetings; and we assembled photos from the archives to make sure all bands in the 2020 lineup are represented. The result is an uplifting, entertaining and fast-paced 16-minute video presentation. Watch the premiere on our Facebook or YouTube page at the usual parade time: 1:30 PM (Central) on Sunday, June 28.

2020 Vikingland Band Festival canceled
The Vikingland Band Festival committee regretfully announces that the 36th Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship scheduled for Sunday, June 28, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Full Story >>

COVID 19 Update - March 26, 2020
Realizing there is uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Festival committee began discussing contingency plans during our regular committee meeting on March 15. Full Story >>

The 2020 festival features another lineup of great marching bands. Although our guest Honor Band from Norway is unable to attend, they plan to join us in the future!
• Alexandria - Host
• Albany
• Champlin Park
• Dassel-Cokato
• Fergus Falls
• Henry Sibley
• Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• Lakes International Language Academy
• Mankato 77 Lancers
• Milaca
• Richfield
• Sartell
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Waconia
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets
With uncertainty surrounding how the coronavirus will affect the summer marching season, plans for 2020 are subject to change. Follow our website and Facebook page to stay informed of any updates.

156 Photos! 2019 PHOTO GALLERY
2019 Vikingland Band Festival Pictures Relive the excitement of the 2019 Minnesota Drum Corps Premiere and 35th Annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship. View the 2019 photo gallery of 156 images featuring every band and drum corps.

Did you know that 94 different bands have appeared in the Vikingland Band Festival since its inception in 1985? Browse the Festival archives to access scores and participants from previous Festivals.

Alexandria is the only band to appear in every Vikingland Band Festival, but many bands have a long history performing in the festival. Including 2020 appearances, these bands have appeared at least 15 times: Alexandria (36), Fergus Falls (33), Waconia (32), Henry Sibley (31), Mankato Lancers (31), Winona Cotter (31), Bertha-Hewitt (31), Long Prairie (27), Park Center (27), St. Cloud All-City (24), Sauk Rapids (22), Litchfield (22), Osseo (18), Albany (19), Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (17), New York Mills (17), Champlin Park (16), Sartell (16), Albert Lea (16).

Fifteen different bands have been named People's Choice since we launched the award in 1989, and the Mankato Lancers and Waconia have each won it a record seven times! Previous People's Choice award winners:
• 2020 No awards - virtual event
• 2019 Dassel-Cokato
• 2018 Waconia
• 2017 728 Cadets
• 2016 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• 2015 728 Cadets
• 2014 Waconia
• 2013 Mankato Lancers
• 2012 728 Cadets
• 2011 Bemidji
• 2010 Mankato Lancers
• 2007-08-09 Waconia
• 2006 The Patriots
• 2004-05 Waconia
• 2000-01-02-03 Mankato Lancers
• 1999 Albert Lea
• 1998 Champlin Park
• 1997 Fergus Falls
• 1996 Long Prairie
• 1994-95 Irondale
• 1993 Mankato Lancers
• 1991-92 New Richmond, WI
• 1990 Henry Sibley
• 1989 Hibbing

Vikingland Band Festival Photo Festival Scenes: View photo galleries »

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Join the 20,000 spectators and 2,000 performers for this spectacular event. Look here for the parade route and maps of Alexandria. More »


2019 Platinum Sponsors Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, Echo Press, Explore Alex, Geneva Capital LLC, Independent School District 206, Livewire Entertainment, Walmart

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