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The Irondale Marching Knights from New Brighton perform Oct. 14 at the Youth in Music Marching Band Championships at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Dack Nehring for MPR

Photos: Relive 34 high school marching bands' shows at 2023 Youth in Music Championships

The scholastic marching arts were on full display Saturday, Oct. 14, as 34 of the top high school marching bands from Minnesota and beyond competed at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as part of the Youth in Music Championships. It was one of the biggest lineups for the annual event.

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The Rosemount High School Marching Band performs Oct. 14 at the Youth in Music Marching Band Championships.
Dack Nehring for MPR

Rosemount, which has ruled the largest class of bands (AAAA) for years and was the defending champion, won again.

“Rosemount has won all but two YIM Championships,” Youth in Music founder Brent Turner said. “One was the first year of YIM, when they were not able to attend. The last time Rosemount did not win the contest was in 2015, when they were outscored by Eden Prairie High School.”

All of the bands competed during the day, in various classes based on size. Then the top 10 bands return to compete in the finals at night. Minnesota’s Rosemount High School won the championship once again, capping a day and night filled with outstanding performances and musicianship. (Check out the scores from prelims and finals.)

Relive the excitement and pageantry of the Youth in Music Championships through our huge photo gallery below.

Bands are presented in alphabetical order from their daytime performances. The full band names and their scheduled performance order are listed below the gallery.

All photos by Dack Nehring of BrenRose Photos, exclusively for YourClassical MPR, which does not make reprints available. To order official photos from the event, go to Ceremony Photos.

Youth in Music schedule

Youth in Music Marching Band Championships at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Oct. 14

Note: All are Minnesota high schools unless noted otherwise.

  • Osseo: 7:15 a.m.

  • Hutchinson: 7:30 a.m.

  • Maple Grove: 7:45 a.m.

  • Eisenhower (Blue Island, Illinois): 8 a.m.

  • Mankato Area 77 Lancers: 8:15 a.m.

  • Andover: 8:30 a.m.

  • Harrisburg (South Dakota): 8:45 a.m.

  • Lourdes (Rochester): 9 a.m.

  • Blaine: 9:15 a.m.

  • Minnetonka: 9:30 a.m.

  • Anoka: 9:45 p.m.

  • Coon Rapids: 10 a.m.

  • Hastings: 10:15 a.m.

  • St. Croix Central (Hammond, Wisconsin), exhibition: 10:30 a.m.

  • Mitchell (South Dakota): 10:45 a.m.

  • Sioux Falls O'Gorman (South Dakota): 11 a.m.

  • Onalaska (Wisconsin): 11:15 a.m.

  • Brookings (South Dakota): 11:30 a.m.

  • Waseca: 11:45 a.m.

  • Champlin Park: noon

  • Lakeville South: 12:15 p.m.

  • Worthington, exhibition: 12:30 p.m.

  • Papillion-La Vista South (Nebraska): 1:30 p.m.

  • Grand Rapids: 1:45 p.m.

  • Farmington: 2 p.m.

  • Irondale: 2:15 p.m.

  • Marshall: 2:30 p.m.

  • Millard West (Omaha, Nebraska): 2:45 p.m.

  • Brandon Valley (South Dakota): 3 p.m.

  • Millard North (Omaha, Nebraska): 3:15 p.m.

  • Sioux Falls Lincoln (South Dakota): 3:30 p.m.

  • Eden Prairie: 3:45 p.m.

  • Eastview (Apple Valley): 4 p.m.

  • Rosemount: 4:15 p.m.

  • Iowa State University, exhibition: 4:30 p.m.

Finals: The top 10 bands returned to compete in a finals competition starting at 7:15 p.m., including an exhibition performance by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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