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Jul 01

728 Cadets Marching Band Celebrate Another Grand Summer

July 1, 2014 – The 728 Cadets Marching Band is enjoying another successful season, earning top honors at various parades across Minnesota over the past four weeks. The Cadets have competed among the best street marching bands in the state, and at this point in the season they’ve won a total of 32 First Place awards, including 5 awards for Grand Champion, 7 for First Place in their Class, 4 for Best Winds, 8 for Best Color Guard, 7 for Best Drumline and 1 for People’s Choice. This year has been especially successful for the Cadets color guard, who have remained undefeated in their competitive season. The Cadets’ summer reached a high point while competing on Sunday, June 29th, when they attended the Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria, Minnesota. They received 1st place in Class AAAA and were awarded Grand Champion of the festival for the second year in a row. In addition they received caption awards for Best Color Guard and Drumline.

Just a week before on June 21st, they particpated in the Owotanna Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival, in which they took 2nd place in Class AAA and received caption awards for Best Winds, Color Guard, and Drumline. Later that day, they competed in the Lake Waconia Band Festival, and earned 1st Place in Class AAA, along with Grand Champion for the festival, and received caption awards for Best Winds, Color Guard, Drumline, and the People’s Choice Award. They also received the “Owatonnia Award,” an award given to the band receiving the highest combined scores in the Owatonna and Lake Waconia Band Festivals.

The Cadets Director Tom Gallus praised the Cadets, saying, “I couldn’t be more proud of the development of these young performers throughout the season. You will never see a group of students from the entire district work so well as a team. They all had each other’s back through thick and thin and wouldn’t let each other down no matter what happened. Sprained ankles, bruises, dislocated fingers…they were always there for each other and fought through the pain together…and the reward was great!”

2014 Season Awards
Princeton, Rum River Festival
-       2nd Place, Class AAA
-       Best Color Guard
-       Best Drumline
Lake Crystal, Battle of the Bands
-       2nd Place, Class AAA
-       Best Winds
-       Best Color Guard
Albertville, Friendly City Days Parade
-       1st Place
Owatonna, Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival
-       2nd Place, Class AAA
-       Best Winds
-       Best Color Guard
-       Best Drumline
Waconia, Lake Waconia Band Festival
-       1st Place, Class AAA
-       Best Winds
-       Best Color Guard
-       Best Drumline
-       People’s Choice
-       Waconia Grand Champion
-       “Owatonia” Award
Milaca, Gateway to the Northland Festival Parade
-       1st Place, Class AAA
-       Best Color Guard
-       Best Drumline
-       Milaca Grand Champion
Fridley, 49ers Days Parade
-       1st Place, Class AA
St. Cloud, Granite City Days Parade
-       1st Place, Class AA
-       Best Color Guard
-       Best Drumline
-       St. Cloud Grand Champion
Alexandria, Vikingland Band Festival
-       1st Place, Class AAAA
-       Best Color Guard
-       Best Drumline
-       Alexandria Grand Champion
Roseville, Rose Parade
-       1st Place, Class AAA
-       Best Winds
-       Best Color Guard
-       Best Drumline
-       Roseville Grand Champion

The Cadets’ continue to raise the bar on the summer marching band scene with their 2014 production Spectacular with combined elements of music, performance, marching techniques, and theatre. Spectacular presents the marching band as a traveling side show made up of the greatest musicians and performers in the world who excite and dazzle their audience with incredible stunts and sensational music. The marching band production is directed by Tom Gallus, and features music from Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Tom Gallus’ team includes Mike Reed, Keith Saxton, Christ Moore (Musical Directors), Matt Turchotte, Rachel Graack (Color Guard Directors), Joe Jaeger, James Schuster (Drumline Directors), Mark Walentiny, Lauren Hipsag, Jake Esterberg, and Jacque Gaetz (Band Techs). The band’s movement was written by Tom Gallus, while hornline and percussion music were arranged by Mike Reed and Joe Jaeger, respectively.

The 728 Cadets Marching Band is made up of 90 talented students from District 728 schools, including Elk River, Rogers, and Zimmerman. In just 7 years, the Cadets have built a reputation as one of the state’s elite summer marching band programs. The mission of the Cadets organization is to teach students life lessons and pursue excellence in the ultimate sport of music and performance, so that young adults experience enjoyment while combining the best of athletics and the arts.

The Cadets entire performance schedule for 2014 includes 17 different parades or festivals. Yet this summer they will still be traveling to:

July 4: Forest Lake July 4th Celebration Parade, Forest Lake, MN
July 10: Maple Grove Pierre Bottineau Parade, Maple Grove, MN
July 12: Watercade Celebration Parade, Litchfield, MN
July 13: Monticello Riverfest Parade, Monticello, MN
July 19: Sherburne County Fair, Elk River, MN