30th Pioneerland Band Festival Wednesday, June 14

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Benson High School’s Marching Band performs in its new uniforms in the Memorial Day parade. It will lead off next Wednesday’s Pioneerland Band Festival parade.

Pioneerland Band Festival will celebrate its 30th parade in honor of Flag Day Wednesday, June 14, in Benson, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Despite all the sidewalk, curb and street work going on in the community, the parade will follow its traditional route starting out on west U.S. 12/Minnesota Avenue proceeding east to 14th Street, then going north to the Benson High School. It will travel past Do-Mat’s Family Food and Runnings on its way downtown where it will pass by the Country Inn, the Benson Armory where judging will take place, and on past Roosevelt Park.

Most of the sidewalks along the parade route have already been replaced with work continuing at a rapid pace into next week. No construction will take place along the parade route June 14.

Fourteen bands have committed to participating in the 30th anniversary Pioneerland Band Festival: Mankato, Alexandria, Dassel-Cokato, Hutchinson, Maple Lake, St. Francis, St. Cloud “Solar Sound,” Patriots (St. Anthony/Spring Lake Park), KMS, Litchfield, Albany, Sartell, Bemidji, and Lake City. Benson High School’s band under the direction of Brock Duncan will lead off the parade, but as the host will not be part of the competition.
Duncan, Benson Public Schools 5-12 vocal music instructor Shelly Mikkelson, and volunteer Heather Lehr are the committee chairs of the now volunteer Pioneerland Band Festival Committee that took over organizing the parade when the Chamber of Commerce dropped out three years ago.

Music Boosters will be selling programs and concessions along the parade route.

KSCR will broadcast results following the awards ceremony and the following morning. Pioneer Public TV will be taping the parade and will broadcast it Sunday, June 25 at 6p.m. and Saturday, July 1 at 7 p.m.

“We are pleased to have the amazing financial and logistical support from the community,” Duncan said. “We could not host such a large event without many volunteers and donations...."

 

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Pictured: Benson High School’s Marching Band performs in its new uniforms in the Memorial Day parade. It will lead off next Wednesday’s Pioneerland Band Festival parade.

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