Litchfield residents shared their community pride during Litchfield night June 13 at the Willmar Stingers baseball game.

The Litchfield Marching Band performed its “Spartacus” show at Bill Taunton Stadium. Following their performance, Litchfield Mayor Keith Johnson threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The marching band played the National Anthem, as well as pep band songs throughout the game.

Johnson also sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” during the 7th inning.

The Stingers beat the Eau Claire Express 3-1.

The game was sponsored by Meeker Memorial Hospital and Clinic.

The Marching Dragons are more than half-way through their competitive parade season, and have earned strong scores:

June 10, Albertville — First place in open class, with a score of 78.5.

June 14, Benson — First place in Class A, with a score of 77.8.

June 16, Waconia — Second place in Class AA, with a score of 78.4.

June 17, Hutchinson — First place and best color guard in Class A, with a score of 82.6.

The Marching Dragons’ remaining performances include:

June 21 — Pie in the Park in Central Park, Litchfield, 7 p.m.

June 22 — Relay For Life in Central Park, Litchfield, 6 p.m.

June 23 — St. Cloud parade, 10 a.m.

June 24 — Lake City parade, 2 p.m.

June 25 — Roseville parade, 6:15 p.m.

July 2-6 — Band trip to South Dakota, Mount Rushmore and Bandlands area.

July 14 — Litchfield Watercade parade, 6 p.m.

Litchfield High School Marching Band will perform for its hometown during its annual Pie in the Park fundraiser supper and performance. The Marching Band Boosters and parents will serve food beginning at 5 p.m. in Central Park, with the marching band performing at 7 p.m. on Sibley Avenue North, and again in the park. The meal includes pulled pork sandwiches, chips, beverage, and pie and ice cream for a cost of $7. Items also can be purchased separately.

The band’s theme this year is “Spartacus,” a musical telling of the Thracian gladiator who was a slave. He led a revolt against the Romans in a quest for freedom during the Gladiatorial War 73-71 B.C., and eventually died in battle.

Marching Band director Dave Ceasar and assistant director John Twernbold are working with 125 band members this year. Drum majors are Anna Brock and Anni Rogness, guard sergeants are Grace Tepfer and Zach Olson, and drumline captain is Lydia Dinius.

Dassel-Cokato

Dassel-Cokato Marching Chargers are competing in summer parades, and pulling in strong scores, as well.

June 9, Sartell — Third place and best drum major in open class, with a score of 71.9.

June 14, Benson — Second place in Class A, with a score of 73.6.

June 15, Lake Crystal — Second place in Class AA, with a score of 78.6.

June 16, Owatonna — Second place in Class AA, with a score of 75.2.

June 16, Waconia — Second place in Class AA, with a score of 71.7.

June 17, Hutchinson — Grand champion and best color guard in Class AA with a score of 83.9.

Remaining competitive parades include:

5:30 p.m. June 21 in Milaca.

1:30 p.m. June 24 in Alexandria.

– Juliana Thill is magazine editor for the Independent Review.

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