The 728 Cadets Marching Band has collected a long list of honors while competing at eight events against the top street marching bands in the state.
The Cadets, representing Elk River, Rogers, and Zimmerman, had earned of 32 first-place awards through July 1, including five for Grand Champion, seven for first in their class, four for Best Winds, eight for Best Color Guard, seven for Best Drumline and one for People’s Choice.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the development of these young performers throughout the season,” said Tom Gallus, director of the 89-member Cadets. “You will never see a group of students from the entire district work so well as a team.”
The Cadets’ high point came at the most prestigious event, the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria on June 29, when they got Grand Champion (for the second straight year) and won the Class 4A division, along with best color guard and drumline honors.
June 21 was a busy and productive day for Cadets. They took second in Class 3A at Owotanna’s Harry Wenger MarchingBand Festival while receiving caption awards for Best Winds, Color Guard, and Drumline. Later that day, they won Class 3A, People’s Choice and Grand Champion at the Lake Waconia Band Festival and received caption awards for Best Winds, Color Guard, and Drumline. They also received the “Owatonnia Award,” for having most combined points at the two events.
“They’ve all had each other’s back through thick and thin,” said Gallus about his team, “and wouldn’t let each other down no matter what happened. Sprained ankles, bruises, dislocated fingers … they are always there for each other, and fight through the pain together and the reward has been great!”
(Information provided by Cindy Martin, media relations for 728 Marching Cadets. Photos were taken by parents Brad Martin, Noreen Roehl and Ryo Hamasakiu)
Princeton Rum River Festival — 2nd place, Class 3A; best color guard, best drumline
Lake Crystal, Battle of the Bands — 2nd place, Class 3A; best winds, best color guard
Albertville, Friendly City Days Parade — 1st place
Owatonna, Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival — 2nd place, Class 3A; best winds, best color guard, best drumline
Waconia, Lake Waconia Band Festival —1st place, Class 3A; best winds, best color guard, best drumline, People’s Choice Grand Champion, “Owatonnia Award”
Milaca, Gateway to the Northland Festival Parade — 1st place, Class 3A; best color guard, best drumline, Grand Champion
Fridley, 49ers Days Parade —1st place, Class 2A
St. Cloud, Granite City Days Parade — 1st place, Class 2A; best color guard