by Bruce Strand, Arts editor
The 728 Marching Cadets has closed a busy and successful summer season that included eight first-place awards at parades and several other distinctions.
“Last year had been our best season but I think this year topped it,” said director Tom Gallus, adding that the group had a “Tribal” theme this year in music and color guard.
The highlight of the Cadets’ fifth season was placing second in Class 4A and garnering the People’s Choice Award at the Vikingland State Marching Band Competition in Alexandria July 24. Nineteen bands competed.
“We put a lot of energy into it that day,” said Gallus, “and we were the last one (to perform).”
The Cadets won their division at Sartell, Albertville, Brooklyn Park, Owatonna, Foley, Roseville, Isanti and Maple Grove, which was the team’s final event on Thursday. They took second in their division at St. Cloud and third at Waconia.
They also got Grand Champion at Foley, Best Color Guard at Isanti, and several awards at Owatonna including People’s Choice and best marching/maneuvering, color guard, drumline, horn line, and drum major.
The Cadets also marched in non-judged parades in Zimmerman, Waite Park, Rogers, Austin, Blooming Prairie and Starbuck.
The Elk River, Rogers, and Zimmerman group had 87 members this year. Drum majors were Loren Farkus and Willa Samuelson.
Along with Gallus, other directors are John Meissneer (visua), Stephen Johnson (music), Sarah Gallus (color guard) and David Biegler (drumline).