2018 marks the 40th Edition of your Mankato 77 Lancers Marching Band. We would like to get an idea of how many of you would be interested in participating in marching in the Alumni Band July 7. The initial idea is to have rehearsal and social/taco bar time the day before, July 6, and a short rehearsal before stepping off for the parade on the 7th.
Click on the link below and fill out the online form. This will help us plan accordingly with equipment, etc. Stay tuned for more details - for more information please contact Eric Bunde (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alicia Corbett (email@example.com)
how it all began...
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In the summer of 1978, Mark Sivanich was attending the now defunct Mankato Bend of the River Parade. He observed marching bands from West and East march past with some members marching proud with others appeared less than enthusiastic. Sivanich pondered the thought of having one volunteer marching band made up of members from both bands using only the students who really wanted to march.
He brought the ideas to Clayton Tiede, director of bands at MSU and director of their marching band. Tiede helped administer the band but tapped Edwin Stock to be the first director. The 78-79 school year involved much recruiting and organizing. When selecting a name for the band, Stock liked the idea of the Crusaders but that was already used by Loyola High School. Continuing the English Medieval theme, he then considered Knights and finally decided on Lancers. Sivanich added '77' to represent the school district.
In the summer of 1979, the Lancers began the First Edition with 60 area youth from East, West, Immanuel and Loyola schools. For the first parade the Lancers wore white t-shirts and black pants, a look still found in several Lancer designs. Stock, percussion instructor Herb Dick and Carl Kittleson wrote the Lancer Hymn. A Lancer won the design contest for the Lancer logo that is still in use today.
The early editions included field shows, parade marching, stand up concerts and even a polka band. The season went from the first day of school to the last day of summer vacation. East High School was used as the practice site until 1994. For several years in the 80's, a Cadet Band was formed for junior high aged students and one year an alumni band call the 'Black Beret' marched in the Bend of the River parade. In the eighth year, the new directors changed the focus of the program to competitive street parades, stand up concerts and a jazz band and limited the season to 7-8 weeks. This was done to become more competitive and to appeal to more students.
Although much has changed through the years, much remains the same; the Lancer Hymn, The Stars and Stripes Forever, Lancer Pride, Lancer conduct and an unmistakeable patriotism. We owe much to the students and stuff that started the Lancer program and left a legacy for all those to follow.
EMMA MURRAY : CLARINET/DRUM MAJOR : 2011 - 2015
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU TOOK AWAY FROM LANCERS THAT HAS HELPED WITH YOUR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE?
The most important lesson I took away from Lancers was that a strong work ethic is imperative to success. There were times in my first year when the long hours in the hot sun didn't seem worth it. But as soon as we hit the street for our first parade, it became clear to me why we practiced so hard and for so long. From then on I was always willing to put in the work to make our performances the best they could be. In college, it's up to you to decide how much work you want to put in to your academics and extracurriculars. Nobody is there to tell you to study or practice, so having a strong work ethic is necessary to succeed. Lancers taught me to work hard, even when it doesn't seem worth it, and that's what has helped me achieve success in college.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LANCER MEMORY?
My favorite Lancer memory is from my first year in the band. We were on tour in Rhode Island and one night at the hotel, a few band members came across a girl who was very upset. She was with her mom, surrounded by balloons and party favors. It was her birthday, but none of her friends showed up to her party. In true lancer fashion, we all crowded into the room and started a dance party to celebrate this girl's birthday. We all had so much fun, and most importantly, so did the birthday girl. What could have been a pretty terrible day for her, became a day of celebration and acceptance - all because of the Lancers.
ARE YOU STILL INVOLVED WITH MUSIC?
Yes! I play clarinet in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. Band has been the best part of my college experience so far, and I feel so lucky to have music in my life every day.
MEET THE LANCERS
HOG ROAST @ 6:00 PM : PARADE @ 7:00 PM : EAST HIGH SCHOOL
FATHER HENNEPIN FESTIVAL PARADE
PARADE BEGINS @ 11:00 AM : CHAMPLIN, MN
BENSON PIONEERLAND BAND FESTIVAL
PARADE BEGINS @ 6:30 PM : BENSON, MN
LAKE CRYSTAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS
PARADE BEGINS @ 6:00 PM : LAKE CRYSTAL, MN
OWATONNA HARRY WENGER MARCHING BAND FESTIVAL & LAKE WACONIA BAND FESTIVAL
OWATONNA PARADE BEGINS @ 12:00 PM : OWATONNA, MN
WACONIA PARADE BEGINS @ 6:00 PM : WACONIA, MN
GATEWAY TO THE NORTHLAND PARADE
PARADE BEGINS @ 5:30 PM : MILACA, MN
ST. CLOUD GRANITE DAYS PARADE
PARADE BEGINS @ 10:00 AM : ST. CLOUD, MN
ALEXANDRIA VIKINGLAND BAND PARADE
PARADE BEGINS @ 1:30 PM : ALEXANDRIA, MN
PARADE BEGINS @ 6:15 PM : ROSEVILLE, MN
MANKATO MOONDOGS GAME
GAME BEGINS @ 7:05 PM : MANKATO, MN
CHILDREN'S MUSEUM BASH
MORE INFO COMING SOON : MANKATO, MN
July 1 - July 5
LANCER CHICAGO TOUR
SKOKIE 4TH OF JULY PARADE
PARADE BEGINS @ 12:00 PM : SKOKIE, IL
NORTH MANKATO FUN DAYS PARADE
PARADE BEGINS @ 11:00 AM : N. MANKATO, MN
PIE IN THE PARK
SIBLEY PARK : CONCERT BEGINS @ 7:00 PM
BRESNAN ARENA, TAYLOR CENTER
MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, MANKATO,
CONCERT BEGINS @ 7:00 PM
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1998 Vikingland Band Festival
2008 Lake Waconia Band Festival
2010 Vikingland Band Festival
keep the beat going!
We'd really love to see more alumni involved with Lancers. There's nothing that can inspire current Lancers more than hearing the amazing stories from those who came before.
We've got some great volunteer opportunities available: Meet the Lancers, Welcome Home Party decorating committee, Pie in the Park, Final Concert and more! If you're interested, contact Lancer Parent Board member (and Lancer alumni) Eric Bunde at email@example.com.
Alumni support and participation is an important part of the continuing success of the Lancer organization. Your financial support as well as your support along the many parade routes has been fantastic!