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June 18, 2012

VIDEO: Mankato Area 77 Lancers on a roll

— The 34th edition of the Mankato Area 77 Lancers marching band is just one week into its competive season, but they're already on a roll.

The group started its season in  Benson where they were named Grand Champion. Then it was on to Lake Crystal where they finished 2nd, followed by a pair of Grand Champion finishes in Owatonna and Waconia. Check out our video on the right for the sights and sounds of this year's group.

Lancers will perform Thursday in Brooklyn Center, then it's off to Alexandria for the wrap-up event of the competitive parade season in Minnesota. After that, the band heads to Calgary for the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede.

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