Roseville Parade Recap

Hello Friends.  What a fantastic way to end our competitive season.  We went up against the best of the best tonight…perhaps our toughest line-up of the season, and did what we always do…represent the communities of Buffalo, Hanover and Montrose with pride.  I hope that you feel a sense of accomplishment at what you’ve achieved.  You set a musical standard that is tough to beat.  Congratulations to winner of the “Golden Dinkle Award”, Andrew Braun from the Clarinet Section.

Here are tonight’s results.

1. 90.3 728 Cadets-Grand Champions, 1st in Class AAA and highest score in every caption.

2. 87.5 Waconia-1st in Class AA

3. 84.2 Champlin Park-2nd in Class AAA

4. 81.2 Litchfield-1st in Class A

5. 81.0 Buffalo-3rd in Class AAA (8th in Colorguard, 4th in Drumline, 7th in General Effect, 6th in Marching and 3rd in Music)

6. 80.9 Henry Sibley-2nd in Class A

7. 78.4 Alexandria-2nd in Class AA

8. 76.5 St. Michael-Albertville- 3rd in Class AA

9. 75.0 Hastings-4th in Class AA

10. 72.8 Richfield-3rd in Class A

11. 68.1 Blaine-4th in Class AAA

Enjoy your July.  We will see you again on Saturday, August 2, for the Hanover parade.  Rehearsal starts at 8:30 AM.  The parade is followed by uniform hand-in and the end of season program/potluck.

Hello Friends,

I want to encourage you to take some time out from your weekend and stop by the Buffalo American Legion Post today between 4:00 & 8:00 PM.  Tina Schmitz is one of our Band Moms and she is in a battle with stage 3 triple negative infiltrating carcinoma (breast cancer).  The Benefit tonight will include a meal, silent auction, raffle, bake sale, prize packages, kid’s activities, music and dancing.  Please try to carve out a little time today to support a member of our BHS Band Family.


Hello Friends,

I don’t know about you all, but I am flat-out tired.  Four parades in five days is taking its toll on me.  However, the kids seem to be thriving under the opportunity to perform.  We had some great performances over the past couple days.  Last night in Sauk Rapids we saw our color guard come into their own and start selling their show the way we always knew they could.  That continued today in St. Cloud.  At both parades, “The HERD” placed 4th overall.  In each case, we considered this to be our best possible finished, based on the level of competition that we were facing.

For folks that are trying to wrap their brains around the idea of celebrating a 4th place finish, you must understand that every parade we go to is a major tournament at which the best bands in the state gather.  We go where the best bands are.  Because we keep going where the best competition is, we will rarely get the Grand Champion trophy the way we did in Rogers.  FYI…depending on how you crunch the numbers, it looks like we are ranked right around 7th in state right now behind “The 728 Cadets”, “The Mankato 77 Lancers”,  “Waconia”, “Park Center”, “Champlin Park” and “Litchfield.”  Of course, there are many other great bands that are at our caliber that have also had great performances, and there are a couple that we haven’t even seen yet, but these six and “The HERD” are the only bands to have had multiple scores in the 80′s this summer. (We’ve had 3)

Congratulations to the most recent winners of “The Golden Dinkle”. Erica Hoops from the Sousaphone Section earned the award at Sauk Rapids.  At St. Cloud, the winner was Sarah Patterson from the Trombone Section.

Here are the results from yesterday and today.

Sauk Rapids Results

1. 83.2 Champlin Park-1st in Class AAA Best Music, Best Marching, Best General Effect

2. 81.8 Park Center-1st in Class AA Best Color Guard

3. 81.7 Litchfield-2nd in Class AA Best Drumline

4. 80.6 Buffalo-2nd in Class AAA (3rd in Music and Drumline, 4th in Marching, 5th in General Effect, 6th in Colorguard)

5. 77.9 KMS-1st in Class A

6. 77.2 Osseo-3rd in Class AAA

7. 76.4 Benson-2nd in Class A

8. 69.4 Albany-3rd in Class A

9. 68.2 Sartell-3rd in Class AA

10. 67.0 Bertha-Hewitt-4th in Class A


St. Cloud Results

1. 85.6 728 Cadets-1st in AA and Grand Champion-1st in every caption area

2. 84.4 Mankato Lancers-2nd in AA

3. 82.7 Litchfield-1st in A

4. 79.7 Buffalo-3rd in Class AA (4th in Music Execution, 3rd in Marching Execution, 5th in Music Effect, 6th in Visual Effect, 7th in Color guard, 4th in drumline.

5. 78.6 Milaca-2nd in A

6. 77.2 Sauk Rapids-Rice 4th in AA

7. 73.6 STMA-5th in AA

8. 67.9 Virginia-3rd in A

9. 61.0 Foley-4th in A

10. 58.2 Maple Lake-5th in A

We have one parade competition left…Monday in Roseville.  Let’s show up to school ready to work hard and get just another click better, because the line-up is just as tough as ever and we owe it to ourselves to show the community of Roseville what great marching musicians we are.  Start time is 2:00 at the school.  Parade time is 6:15 and we are the 25th unit.  We are likely to step off at around 6:45 and finish early enough to go back and watch the last few bands.

See you on Monday.


Hello Friends.  It appears as if the route for the St. Cloud Parade is the opposite of last year.  It will start in Hester Park by the St. Cloud Hospital, travel south east on 6th avenue, turn right (south west) on St. Germain and end at the Public Library.  It looks like the judging stand is just past Cathedral High school, just before the turn onto St. Germain.


Hello Friends.

Another great parade…in my opinion, your performance in the judging area was the best performance, ever, by “The HERD” in June (we’ve had some better ones in July).  You are beginning to really come into your own, and are convincing judges and audiences alike that you are a quality organization of marching musicians and performers.  We have never had our scores this close to the the top bands in Minnesota before.  A different panel of judges may give us a different result, but tonight you convinced me that you belong in the conversation of “who are the top half-a-dozen bands in the state?”  Congratulations to tonight’s winner of “The Golden Dinkle”…from the trumpet section, Sophomore Karin Bengtson.

Here are the results:

1. 82.2 Mankato 77 Lancers-Grand Champion, Best Music General Effect, Best Music Execution, Best Marching General Effect

2. 81.4 Park Center-1st in Class A, Best Marching Execution

3. 80.2 Champlin Park-1st in Class AA

4. 79.4 Buffalo-2nd in Class AA (4th in Music GE, Music Execution, and Marching GE, 3rd in Marching Execution)

5. 66.7 Richfield-2nd in Class A

6. 65.2 Blaine

See you all tomorrow for a 2:00 start time.

Milaca Parade Recap

Well what do you know.  This might just be a pretty good band.  Although your performance in judging tonight was not as good as your judging performance on Saturday in Rogers, the overall performance from the beginning to the end of the parade was one of the strongest showings I can ever remember from “The HERD.”  The sound of the winds was what especially set you apart in my mind tonight…from the first play in the park to the last play downtown, you played with strength, musicianship, and musical maturity.  It was fantastic.  Remembering that first impressions are important, it is fitting that tonight’s “Golden Dinkle” award was presented to Honor Guard member, Alex Rasset, who carries the right side of the Banner.

We talked in the band room today that our highest possible finish would be 3rd in our class (if the Grand Champion was in our class) and 5th overall and that’s exactly what happened.  Here are tonight’s results.

1. 85.3 Grand Champion 728 Cadets

2. 84.3 1st in Class AAA Mankato 77 Lancers

3. 82.6 1st in Class AA Park Center

4. 82.2 2nd in Class AAA Champlin Park

5. 80.6 3rd in Class AAA Buffalo

6. 79.2 2nd in Class AA Henry Sibley

7. 78.2 3rd in Class AA Alexandria

8. 78.1 4th in Class AAA St. Cloud All City

9. 77.5 4th in Class AA Sauk Rapids-Rice

10. 67.5 5th in Class AA Bemidji

11. 62.4 1st in Class A Albany

12. 59.4 2nd in Class A Foley

728 Cadets scored highest in all the Captions…Buffalo was 5th in Music, Marching and General Effect, 7th in Drumline and 9th in Colorguard.

Friends, to place 5th overall in this rarified company is quite an accomplishment.  You need to feel a deep sense of satisfaction about what you’ve accomplished so far.  But, we are not finished.  The great bands keep a sense of forward momentum driving forward all the way to the end of the season.  What do YOU need to do to get better?  DO IT.  We start at 2:00 PM this Thursday.  See you then.

Mr. Rabehl

Hello Friends,

The parade route for the Brooklyn Center Parade is different from last year and different from the one listed in the Parade Day Schedule.  The parade travels North on Dupont between 59th and 69th. It is unclear where the judging stand is, but it is likely either early in the parade (just south of I 694) or just north of I 694 by the Fire Station. We are the 25th unit (likely the 2nd or 3rd band.)  This is a nice route.  It is 1.2 miles, all of it due north.  Much of the route is shaded and it goes over Interstate 694 on a bridge.  We should be able to feel the bridge sway as we march across it.

See you this afternoon for the rescheduled Milaca Parade.



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