Tuesday, May 29, 6-9 Rehearsal
Tuesday, June 5, 6-9 Rehearsal

Sweat Camp Week

Monday, June 11, 8:30AM – 5PM – Rehearsal
Tuesday, June 12, 8:30AM – 5PM – Rehearsal
Wednesday, June 13, 8:30AM – 5PM – Rehearsal
Thursday, June 14, 8:30AM – 5PM – Rehearsal
Friday, June 15, 8:30AM – 5PM – Rehearsal
Friday, June 15, 5PM – Parent Performance & Potluck Dinner

Saturday, June 16, 2 – 9:30PM – Rehearsal and Buffalo Parade (6PM)

Monday, June 18, 6-9 – Rehearsal

Wednesday, June 20,  2 – 11:00PM – Rehearsal and Foley Parade (6:30PM)

Thursday, June 21, 2 – 10:30PM – Rehearsal and Milaca Parade (5:30PM)

Friday, June 22, 2 – 10:30PM – Rehearsal and Sauk Rapids Parade (6:00 PM)

Sunday, June 24, 8AM – 7PM – Rehearsal and Lake City Parade (2PM)

Monday, June 25, 2-11:00PM – Rehearsal and Roseville Parade (6:15PM)

Saturday, August 4, 8:30AM – 4:30PM – Rehearsal and Hanover Parade (11AM) followed immediately by end of season potluck at Sturges Park



Thanks so much to Tara Gravelle, her family and friends for producing our new promotional video designed to encourage students to join the Summer Marching Band.  It has been a wild success.   Here is a link in case you’d like to watch it.  https://youtu.be/XkeWCGqgUr0

Mattress Fundraiser

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out yesterday and supported the HERD at the mattress sale. We sold 51 mattresses!!! That’s a few more than last year and gave us a bonus increasing our profits! Thanks to all who helped with advertising and promoting the sale, to those who helped during the sale, and, of course, to those who purchased a mattress! You are all appreciated!

Mattress Sale Fundraiser

Support your back! Support The Herd! Please join us at the 2nd Annual Herd Mattress Fundraiser!

Saturday, October 7 at 10 AM – 6 PM

Buffalo High School


Roseville Results

With tonight’s parade, we close the competitive season for the 30th Edition of “The HERD”.  It was a wonderful season of steady and continuous growth.  The effort displayed by the band members this year was truly extraodinary and manifested itself in great performances that kept getting better and better.  These two last parades were exceptional.  Tonight, the band placed 3rd in Class AAA and 5th Overall with 4th place finishes in both Music and Marching.  This was against one of the 3 or 4 toughest lineups of the entire Minnesota parade season.

Class A

85.7 Litchfield

73.2 Lake City

70.9 Richfield

Class AA

87.1 Waconia

74.8 Bemidji

72.1 Alexandria

71.0 STMA

Class AAA

88.6 728 Cadets (Elk River HS/Zimmerman HS/Rogers HS)-Best Music, Drumline, Color Guard, General Effect, and Marching

83.6 Mankato Lancers (Mankato All City)-Best Wind Section and Drum Majors

80.3 Buffalo

79.9 Champlin Park

76.9 The Patriots (St. Anthony Village HS/Spring Lake Pk HS)

69.4 Solar Sound (St. Cloud All City)

Congratulations to the 728 Cadets on their undefeated season.  That is a fantastic accomplishement and doesn’t happen very often.

The winner of the Golden Dinkle tonight was Brandon Otten, of the Color Guard.  Congratulations Brandon.

Take a few days off.  Enjoy the summer.  We’ll see you next Monday for our Pre-Trip Rehearsal.


Lake City

Hello Friends,

It has been eight years since we’ve visited Lake City for the Water Ski Days Parade and  I think we may be going back soon.  It was a wonderful day.  Parade volunteers and audiences were incredibly appreciative of our presence.  And, thanks to Mr. Peter Guenther’s great idea, we had the opportunity to share our music with the bands from Bemidji and Owatonna in the line up area.  In my 36 years as a marching band director and judge, I have never seen bands take time out of there warmup period to perform for each other.  It was a great illustration of the close community of the marching arts.  It put the focus on sharing and performing, rather than competing.  I think this will happen more frequently in the future.  At least I hope so.

As for the parade itself, I think it was your finest of the year and resulted in your first score in the 80’s.  All six peformances were awesome and left me in awe. I smiled for the entire parade route.

Congratulations to Serena Armstrong of the Clarinet Section for earning this afternoon’s “Golden Dinkle Award”.

Here are the results:

80.6 Buffalo-Best Winds, Best Drum Majors, Best General Effect, Best Marching

80.1 Owatonna-Best Drumline, Best Colorguard, Best Music

76.2 Bemidji

Report time is 2:00 for tomorrow’s Roseville Parade.  We will see Litchfield, Lake City, Richfield, Alexandria, Bemidji, Waconia, STMA, Patiots, 728 Cadets, Champlin Park, and St. Cloud Solar Sound.


The band has been  busy, with three parades in three days.  Thursday night saw the band perform well in a non judged event.  It was a fun night with favorable weather.  The audience was small but appreciative.  I was especially impressed by the way the performances improved throughout the parade.  Congratulations to winner of “The Golden Dinkle,” Serena Tupper from the trumpet section.

Friday, the band travelled to Sauk Rapids for the Rapids City Days Parade.  As usual, it was a well attended event with many fine bands.  This parade route often results in some of the highest scores of the summer, but this year the scores were unusually low, with no bands scoring in the 80’s.

Middle School

56.6 Milaca Middle School

56.2 Sartell Junior High

Class A

76.0 KMS

74.9 Winona Cotter

66.3 Foley

60.5 Royalton

Class AA

77.2 Alexandria

74.3 Sartell

64.0 Hutchinson

Class AA

79.7 Owatonna

77.5 Buffalo

69.9 St. Cloud All City (Solar Sound)

Congratulations to Owatonna High School for their outstanding performance.  We will see them again on Sunday and are planning to do stand-still performances for each other in the lineup area.

Winner of “The Golden Dinkle” at Sauk Rapids was Cassie McNitt from the Honor Guard.

Rehearsal on Sunday starts at 8 AM…Call each other and make sure we have everybody reporting on time.  Enjoy the day off tomorrow!

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