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Norwegian band coming to Vikingland Band Festival

Norwegian band coming to Vikingland Band Festival

Alexandria's Vikingland Band Festival is once again an international event, as the 2010 Festival will feature a marching band from Norway. The Nøtterøy School Band from Nøtterøy, Norway, will perform as the Honor Band for this year's Festival parade. The Norwegian band will also perform with Alexandria's Jefferson High School Marching Band at the Root Beer Float Concert on the day before the parade.

The Nøtterøy band is traveling to Alexandria to help celebrate the band's 60th anniversary and to share a cross-cultural experience with American band students. The band has won the Norwegian National Championship for street marching two of the past three years. The Nøtterøy band includes students ages 10 to 19, and the group is bringing a total of 105 members and leaders on the trip to Alexandria.

The 26th annual Vikingland Band Festival parade marching championship will be held Sunday, June 27. The Root Beer Float Concert will be held Saturday, June 26. For more information, contact the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at (800) 235-9441 or visit the official Web site at