By Jennifer Kotila
DASSEL, COKATO, MN Ending its season on a high note, the Dassel-Cokato Marching Chargers placed second in the Greeley Stampede parade July 4 while on its Colorado trip.
The band got back to Minnesota just in time to participate in the Litchfield Watercade parade July 7.
“It was a fantastic trip the kids had a good time,” said band director Brian Veith.
This year, the band has been marching to the arrangement “Minimally Speaking,” which is a traditional marching band arrangement.
The Greeley parade is the only parade this year in which the marching band placed this summer.
It competed in a total of four parades, and participated in four others, Veith said.
“It was a rough year for the marching band,” Veith said, noting it was a young group.
He added that many of the participants are already looking forward to returning next year, and he hopes more students will become involved.
Although marching band participants face a grueling schedule, all the hard work pays off when being recognized for a stellar performance.
The band also would not be able to accomplish what it did without the dedication and support of the DC Music Boosters and parents, which is appreciated, Veith noted.
With the Watercade parade, the DC Marching Band ended its season, but it has two performances left this summer.
The band will march in the Cokato Corn Carnival parade Monday, Aug. 13; and in the Dassel Red Rooster Day parade Saturday, Sept. 3.