The 728 Cadets Marching Band is enjoying its best summer season of earning awards, reports Ken Tracy, who handles their web site.
This 79-member Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman group, under head director Tom Gallus, has marched in 10 venues so far with five remaining on the schedule, including the Sherburne County Fair on Friday, July 15.
A highlight was placing third at the 27th annual Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria on June 27 and finishing ahead of the reigning Class 4A champions, Mankato 77 Lancers.
The 728 Cadets have earned four first-in-class finishes, one second-place, one grand champion citation, three best drum line awards, two best winds awards, and one best marching and maneuvering caption award.
So far they have performed at festivals in Zimmerman, Waite Park, Albertville, Brooklyn Park, Owatonna, Waconia, St. Cloud, Roseville, Rogers and Alexandria.
Remaining dates are North Mankato and Lakeville today (July 9), Maple Grove on July 14, Elk River on July 15 (the fair) and Minneapolis Aquatennial on July 20.
The 728 Cadets have been in operation for four years, the last two under Gallus.