Litchfield takes top honors at Pioneerland Band Festival

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Benson High School’s marching band leads off the 32nd annual Pioneerland Band Festival last Friday despite a little rain delaying the start of the parade.
Litchfield’s marching band earned grand champion honors in the 32nd annual Pioneerland Band Festival last Friday.

By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

The Litchfield High School marching band placed first at the 2019 Benson Pioneerland Band Festival Parade, Friday, earning 77.7 points to edge Dassel-Cokato (74.4 points) and Champlin Park (71.7) for the overall title.

Thirteen bands took part in this year’s Band Festival parade, including Benson, which performed for exhibition only and led off the competition. The parade started a half-hour late due to thunder, lightning and light rain that fell in the late afternoon and early evening.

Litchfield also won the awards for Best Wind Section, Best Color Guard, and People’s Choice, while Dassel-Cokato earned the award for the Top Percussion.

Although it fell short of the Grand Championship, Dassel-Cokato did win the Class A title with 74.4 points, followed by Fergus Falls (65.8) and Foley (62.7).

Bemidji earned the Class AA title with 68.5 points, followed by Richfield (66.2), Alexandria (66.0), and Sartell (59.4), while Champlin Park earned the Class AAA title with 71.7 points, followed by The Patriots (69.5), Maple Grove (66.2), and Solar Sound (58.3)....


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