Marching Wolves put up award-winning season

Milaca – With the end of June also comes the end of marching band season for the Milaca High School Marching Band.
The band concluded one of its most successful seasons in program history, with achievements that included placing first in two parade competitions and recording its highest score ever at the prestigious Vikingland Parade Marching Championship in Alexandria.
“This was an outstanding season,” said Andrew Nelson, director of the Milaca High School Marching Band. “It was one of my favorites.”
Nelson says he was thrilled with the musical production in 2017.
“This band can really play, and we proved that every week,” Nelson said.
The 2017 marching season kicked off on Thursday, June 8 when the band traveled south to Princeton for the annual Rum River Festival Parade. The Marching Wolves turned in a first-place performance in Class A with a score of 74.0. Milaca bested Sartell (67.9) and Benson (67.8) in the Class A competition. Next up for the Wolves were two exhibitions: The June 10 Waite Park Community Parade and Milaca’s own Gateway to the Northland Parade on Thursday, June 15.
On Saturday, June 17, the Wolves performed in the Owatonna Band Festival. The band’s 74.0 earned the Wolves a third-place AA finish. However, the drum majors were named best in Class AA. On Wednesday, June 21, Milaca traveled west in its own backyard to Foley where the band earned Class AA second-place honors in the annual Foley Fun Days Parade.
The Marching Wolves had triple the fun on Saturday, June 24 in the St. Cloud Granite City Days Parade. Fourteen bands filled the streets of downtown St. Cloud. When the marching was done. Milaca was awarded first place among the Class A bands with a top score of 80.9. The Wolves topped Sartell, Winona Cotter, Richfield, Foley and Maple Lake. Milaca’s band was also honored for having the outstanding colorguard and outstanding drumline among the Class A bands.
“Our drumline and colorguard programs continue to improve and excel,” Nelson said.
On Sunday, June 25 in Alexandria, Milaca achieved its all-time best score at the Vikingland Parade Marching Championship in Alexandria.
“We passed the 80-point mark for the first time in that event,” Nelson said.
Milaca’s 80.3 three was second only to Dassel-Cokato’s 83.5.
Nelson said he is proud of the Milaca Band because it has maintained an “old-school” approach to moving down the street while generating outstanding general effect scores by staging outstanding colorguard performance throughout the show.
“We scored very well and competed in every parade,” Nelson said.