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Participating Bands

June 17, 2023 at 11AM

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Award & Stipend

This year the judging will be the Festival Rating System, meaning the bands will be competing against themselves. However, there will be an award for each category listed below:

  • Stipends to all bands: $1200
  • Best Overall Drum Major
  • Best Overall Wind Section
  • Best Overall Percussion
  • Best Overall Color Guard


  • There will be no awards ceremony this year due to the way the judging will occur, but bands are welcome to stay and eat in Central Park if they would like to.
  • Each band members chaperone, and marching band staff member will receive a sandwich, chips, and beverage at check-in.
  • Owatonna High school will be at the start of the parade and as host, will perform in exhibition only.
  • Bands may plan their arrival time according to the parade order.
  • Buses may remain with your band until you step off, although the line up area will be congested.
  • It is expected that each band perform three times along the route: Playing zones will be clearly marked.
  • No buses will be allowed on the performance route, but trailers if not pulled by a bus will be allowed to follow your band at a safe distance..
  • Medical assistance will be available along the parade route and at the end of the parade route.
  • Food will also be available for purchase from vendors near the playing zones.
  • A maximum of 12 bands will be accepted this year.
  • Questions may be directed to:


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Mailing Address:
Harry Wenger Marching Band Festival
PO Box 188
Owatonna, MN 55060

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