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Vikingland Band Festival Marching Into Alexandria

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Vikingland Band Festival marches into Alexandria this weekend Marching bands from across Minnesota will gather in Alexandria this weekend for the 39th Annual Vikingland Band Festival. The parade featuring more than 1,000 performers in 15 marching units will travel down Broadway on Sunday, June 25, beginning at 1:30 p.m..

The 2023 grand marshals are four beloved music educators who recently retired from Alexandria Public Schools: Carolyn Aarsvold, Joelle Burreson, Steve Deitz and Jane Herth.

The 2023 festival features another great lineup! View the bands by class or in parade order.

• Alexandria – Host
• Minnesota Brass Drum & Bugle Corps – Honor Unit
• River City Rhythm Drum & Bugle Corps – Honor Unit
• Champlin Park
• Dassel-Cokato
• Fergus Falls
• Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg
• Milaca
• Richfield
• Sartell-St. Stephen
• Sauk Rapids-Rice
• St. Michael-Albertville
• Waconia
• Winona Cotter
• 728 Cadets

Retired music teachers Carolyn Aarsvold, Joelle Burreson, Steve Deitz and Jane Herth have been named grand marshals of the 2023 Vikingland Band Festival! The four were selected for the honor because of their positive impact on students as music educators in Alexandria Public Schools.

New for 2023, Alexandria’s Vikingland Band Festival will present a $1,000.00 scholarship to a senior student pursuing a degree in education. See scholarship details for full criteria and the application form.