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Paynesville Press - June 27, 2001

Band disappointed at Alexandria parade

By Erin Aagesen

Tubas Despite hopes for a third straight class title at Alexandria’s prestigious Vikingland Band Festival, the Paynesville Area Marching Band came up short last Sunday, placing fourth in their class to complete their summer season.

Adam Rafferty and the tuba section hold the final note as the Paynesville Marching Band performs before the judges on Washburne Avenue during the Paynesville parade.

The band started out last week by performing in the Town and Country Days parade last Wednesday. Because it was their hometown parade, the band was not allowed to compete. Benson won the Class A competition, and Montevideo won in Class AA.

On Thursday, the Paynesville band traveled to Milaca, where they placed second behind Waconia. Paynesville’s drumline won the percussion award at the parade.

Colorguard Dancers On Saturday, the band was supposed to compete at Red Wing, but the parade was cancelled. Instead, they performed at a parade in Granite Falls. The Granite Falls parade was not scored, but the Paynesville band used this parade as extra practice for Alexandria.

The band left for a 10-day trip to California on Sunday night, hours after returning from Alexandria.

Newly crowned First Princess Wendy Bennett performs with the Paynesville Marching Band during the parade on Wednesday evening. Behind Bennett are Joy Hemmesch and Mindy Meagher.

Paynesville Parade
Class A Results

1. Benson - 82.2
2. KMS - 76.6
3. Rocori Junior High - 43.9

Class AA Results
1. Montevideo - 76.0
2. Albany - 68.6
3. Rocori High School - 63.6

Class AA Results
1. Waconia - 78.6
2. Paynesville - 76.6
3. Yellow Medicine East - 70.0
4. Becker - 69.2
5. Foley - 62.7

Class A Results

1. Milaca - 79.7
2. Bertha-Hewitt - 73.7
3. Winona Cotter - 72.1
4. Paynesville - 69.7
5. LPGE - 64.4

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