Bands take to the streets

Big Black, Waconia’s band, marches in last year’s festival. The Lake Waconia Marching Band Festival is slated for Saturday, June 17.(File photo)

The 19th Annual Lake Waconia Band Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 17.

The festival has been praised as one of the best high school marching band festivals in the state, drawing top bands from around Minnesota with an expected audience of 3,000 for the bands-only parade.

This year there will be 16 visiting bands along with the Waconia High School Marching Band and Drumline performing in the festival.

The first visiting band begins performing at 6 p.m. at City Square Park. The bands follow a parade route down Main Street to Walnut Street – then down Walnut to 3rd Street. The performance areas are at City Square Park, Main Street – between Olive & Maple Streets (the judging area), and between 1st and 3rd Streets on Walnut. Public address systems will be at the first two performance areas to inform the spectators of each band at the start of their show.

There is an awards ceremony following the conclusion of the parade at Muewissen Field on the west side of Bayview Elementary School this year. Awards are given to the top-rated band in each of three divisions along with awards for People’s Choice, Best Color Guard, Best Percussion Section, and Best Wind Section. A partnership award – “The Owat-onia Grand Champion of the Day Award” – shared by the Harry Wegner Band Festival and the Lake Waconia Band Festival, is awarded to the band that participates in both festivals that day and earns the highest combined point total.

Judging for the awards is done by Tri-State Judging.

The Lake Waconia Band Festival’s major sponsors are the Waconia Band Boosters, Inc., Schmitt Music, The Waconia Patriot, and Waconia Dodge. The festival is funded additionally by three sources – support and donations from local Waconia and St. Bonifacius businesses, private individuals, and the proceeds from the concession stands at City Square Park, Main and Vine Streets, and Bayview Elementary. The festival appreciates the support for local businesses and encourages you to visit them and thank them for their support of the festival.

If you would like more information, please contact Doug Parkinson at 952-221-1287; by email at lakewaconiabandfestival@gmail.com.