Event Information for Band Members

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Events that have already passed or for which we do not yet have staging info are not listed here. See the Performances page.

Date Event
April 6, 2017
April 8, 2017
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General Info:

  • If you need MUSIC for an event, email the TBGO Librarian (currently Dan Dees) as soon as possible so that he can have parts ready for you. You can reach him as librarian@thebeatgoesonmb.org.
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  • Events that have already passed or for which we do not yet have staging info are not listed here.   For the complete list of the year's events, see the Performances page.


Business Expo West 2017

This info is PRELIMINARY and will be updated!

Business Expo West provides a community experience with "Business opportunities, networking, training, music, food, fun!" from 1 PM to 4 PM on April 6 (note shorter hours). Guests this year include Jack Jewsbury, former Captain of the Portland Timbers. As always (this is our fifth year), this should be a nice opportunity to introduce TBGO to a wide variety of folks who may find new and interesting ways to use us in the future!

Shape of the Day:  Our playing time for this one is relatively brief, but we will also staff a booth at the expo and talk about the band to attendees.The Expo is open from 1 to 4 PM, and those are the hours during which we will staff our booth. This year we will perform at 1 PM to kick off the event. We will play a few tunes to get things going, hang around through the short program, then perhaps play another tune or two to send people back to the expo floor in a good mood.

Meet:  At Tektronix Building 38. Meeting time is still TBD, probably about 12:30 PM. We'll work on details of how/when to staff the booth later on.

Location:  The Tektronix campus is located at 14200 SW Karl Braun Drive in Beaverton, but Building 38 is actually located at the northwest corner of Zworykin Ave & Terman Rd. (Your homework: Look up Vladimir Zworykin and Frederick Terman to see why these particular streets are named for them.) Click here for customized map and directions, or click any map at right for larger version.

Transportation:  BESThq is running a shuttle this year that allows you to arrive via MAX and shuttle between Tek - MAX - BESThq. (This would also simplify parking for you if you want to attend the post-event party; see below). Click here for additional info.

Visiting the Expo:  You're encouraged to visit the other booths in the Expo if you have time. It's a great way to see what else is available, and it's one way we can help create value for the other Expo sponsors.

Post-Event Party:  Once again this year’s Expo has an after-party, which will be hosted by Widmer Brothers, Papa Murphy's, RoxyAnn Winery, DAY CPM, and Unitus Credit Union and held at BestHQ headquarters from 4:30 -7 PM following the Expo.  You’re invited to mix and mingle (and drink a brew).  BestHQ is located at 12745 SW Beaverdam Rd, not far from the Expo. Be warned that parking is awkward! You may want to consider parking at one of the nearby MAX stations and using the BESThq Shuttle or use the shuttle to/from Tektronix.

Uniform: TBGO collared polo, black pants/belt/socks/shoes. Black turtleneck optional if you think you'll be cool, though we'll be indoors the whole time. NO HAT for this event. Please leave cases in the car since we have only a limited amount of space around our booth area (and we plan to fill it with musicians!).

Music: I'm planning for three tunes: Two before the speeches, one after the speeches. I'll also list a few extra tunes in case we need them.

Bang Bang
I'm Shipping Up to Boston
Runaway Baby

Uptown Funk



Daffodil Festival 2017

A fun new event! Not only do we get to "do our thing" in two new cities (Puyallup and Sumner, Washington) -- we get to be part of a progressive parade! Yep, it's a four part parade (though we'll only participate in two parts because hey -- boundaries, ya know!)

The parade will have over 180 entries including floats, bands, marching and mounted units. The floats are decorated with thousands of fresh cut bright and sunny daffodils that have been grown in the Puyallup Valley for over the last 80 years.

We're planning a great day trip for this one. Highly recommend that you sign up to ride one of TBGO motor coaches since it'll be the easiest way to go hoppin' around the various locations.

Parade Logistics

Uniform:  TBGO purple collared polo shirt (now our ONLY uniform shirt), black pants/belt, black shoes/socks, TBGO hat. Wear a black turtleneck under the polo shirt if desired for additional warmth.


  1. Fireball
  2. I'm Shipping Up to Boston
  3. Uptown Funk
  4. Heartache Tonight (if not ready, we'll replace with Poker Face)

Shape of the Day

We'll depart the Portland area at 6:45 AM (sorry!) to head north. We'll make a Vancouver pickup, and we'll also stop in Kelso for a coffee/bathroom break (you choose the order <grin>) plus a pickup for folks from that side of the world. Onward to Sparks Stadium in Puyallup! We'll grab some early lunch (figuring out the details, will let you know) and then march the Puyallup segment of the parade that steps off at 12:45 PM. This parade is approximately 1.25 miles long. Immediately following, we reboard our motor coaches for the 10 minute drive to Sumner. Unload and then it's parade time again at or after 2:30 PM (depending on our location in the parade). The Sumner parade is approximately 1 mile long. Then it's time to head for home with a brief light dinner break in Centralia en route. Detailed itinerary below.

  Puyallup Parade Route Sumner Parade Route


Motor Coach Pricing

We are offering DISCOUNTED PRICING to ride the TBGO motor coaches, subsidized via the band fund. Our cost to rent the motor coaches is $36/seat, but you pay only:

Reserve your seat using the Survey Monkey link below (be sure to let us know which pickup point you'll use when you fill in the survey). You can pay for your trip via PayPal on the Payments page or pay via cash/check at rehearsal. Be sure to use a separate signup for each traveler.



We recommend joining us on the coach as the easiest way to make it between the necessary stops. If you must drive yourself, head for Sparks Stadium (601 7th Ave SW, Puyallup) to meet the motor coach for the first parade. You then return to the stadium, grab your car, head for Sumner, and do it again.

To make the day easier, you may prefer to drive to Puyallup and then use the TBGO motor coaches to shuttle to and from Sumner (we'll drop you back at your car at Sparks Stadium on the way home). Full-day passengers get first dibs on the motor coaches, but we'll make "shuttle" seats available for $6 per person once we know if there are extra seats available. Shuttle seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you'd like to be wait-listed for a shuttle seat, let us know when you sign up via Survey Monkey.

SELF-DRIVERS BE SURE TO SIGN UP using Survey Monkey below so that we know who is performing and can have the Daffodil Festival hold a parking space for you at the Stadium.

Daffodil Festival Sign Up


Detailed Itinerary

Daffodil Festival Detailed Itinerary - Saturday April 8
Time Band Members Motor Coaches Comments
6:15 AM Arrive at Portland area departure location, currently Southwest Bible Church, 14605 SW Weir Rd, Beaverton. This location may change to Sunset Transit Center if our request is approved by TriMet. Board coaches. See below for maps and details. Coaches arrive at Portland area departure location.  
6:45 AM   Motor coaches depart at 6:45 AM sharp. MOTOR COACHES WILL NOT WAIT FOR LATE ARRIVALS.  
6:55 AM If you are boarding the motor coaches in Vancouver, arrive at C-Tran 99th Street Transit Center (9700 NE 7th Ave., Hazel Dell, WA). See below for maps and details.    
7:15 AM Board motor coaches at C-Tran 99th Street Transit Center Motor coaches arrive at Vancouver pickup location (C-Tran 99th Street Transit Center). MOTOR COACHES WILL NOT WAIT FOR LATE ARRIVALS.  
7:30 AM   Motor coaches depart Vancouver.  
8:15 AM If you are boarding the motor coaches in Kelso, arrive at McDonald's on S Kelso Dr. See below for maps and details. Arrive at Kelso McDonald's for rest stop. YOU MUST MAKE YOUR OWN ARRANGEMENTS FOR PARKING
8:45 AM   Motor coaches depart Kelso  
10:30 AM If you are driving on your own, meet the coaches and band at Sparks Stadium. Motor coaches arrive at Sparks Stadium, 601 7th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA We'll have time to grab food before the parade, exact plan TBD.
12:00 PM (noon) Be in staging area ready to form up, warm up, and go!    
12:45 PM Puyallup section of Daffodil Parade steps off    
1:35 PM - 1:50 PM (approx) TBGO finishes Puyallup parade and boards coaches. SELF-DRIVERS may board and ride the coaches to Sumner at reduced price as long as we still have seating room. Motor coaches available for boarding at end of Puyallup parade  
2:00 PM (approx)   Coaches head to Sumner  
2:10 PM (approx) Hop off coaches and form up in Sumner staging area, ready to go! Coaches arrive at staging area of Sumner section of Daffodil parade  
2:30 PM Sumner section of Daffodil Parade steps off    
3:30 - 3:45 PM (approx) TBGO finishes Sumner parade and boards coaches.    
4:00 PM (approx)   Depart Sumner  
4:10 PM (approx) Drop self-drivers back at Sparks Stadium at their cars. Drop self-drivers back at Sparks Stadium at their cars.  
5:15 PM   Arrive in Centralia (Exit 82) for light dinner break Assorted fast food restaurants available to grab a little food.
6:00 PM All aboard! Depart Centralia Depart Centralia  
7:00 PM (approx)   Arrive Kelso and drop Kelso passengers  
7:40 PM (approx)   Arrive C-Tran 99th Street Transit Center, drop Vancouver passengers  
8:30 PM (approx)   Arrive at Portland area departure location (SW Bible Church) for final passenger drop  


Motor Coach Pickup Locations

Our motor coaches to the Daffodil Festival have three pick-up points:

  • Southwest Bible Church, 14605 SW Weir Rd, Beaverton (map and directions)
  • C-TRAN 99th Street Transit Center at Stockford Village (9700 NE 7th Ave, Hazel Dell, WA) (map and directions)
  • McDonald's (300 S Kelso Drive, Kelso, WA) (map and directions) - NOTE THE CHANGE! This is just slightly north of the old pickup spot at the Red Lion.

The Southwest Bible Church pickup point is our primary pickup point with plenty of parking available.

We have secondary pickup locations in Vancouver and Kelso. Vancouver is a transit station, so parking is available. We have NOT arranged for parking in Kelso, so you will either need to do that on your own or arrange to have someone drop you off and pick you up.

Arrival and departure times are shown in the Detailed Itinerary above. Please let us know which pick-up point you will use when you make your reservation using Survey Monkey.

SW Bible Church

Beaverton Bus Pickup at Southwest Bible Church (above)


Kelso Pick-Up Point:

  • Our Kelso pick-up location has CHANGED. The motor coaches will be stopping for restroom and refreshment break at McDonald's, just north of our former long-time pickup spot at the Red Lion Hotel. See map below.

To reach 99th Street Transit Center (9700 NE 7th Ave, Hazel Dell):

  • Take Exit 5 from I-5 to NE 99th St, then turn west on NE 99th St
  • Turn left (south) on NE 7th Ave (between McDonald's and ARCO)
  • Go about 1-1/2 blocks to 99th Street Transit Center on your right.
  • Turn into the Transit Center and proceed to the farthest (southernmost) area of the parking lot (see red line on map); the coach will pick you up here.
Kelso McDonald's

Kelso Bus Pickup (above) --

Vancouver Bus Pickup (above) --



Long-Term Travel Plans

Major Road Trips

The Board has been talking with members informally to get travel ideas, and there's no shortage of fun things to do. After long discussion we have a plan to propose, built using these criteria:

Based on these criteria, the TBGO Board developed a proposed five-year travel plan that execute and have now pretty much completed. It's time to put together the new travel plan with your input and then head off for new adventures!

Here's our proposed plan for major road trips:

March 2017: St. Patrick's Day Parade - Savannah, Georgia

This is another parade with deep historic roots, going back to its first St Patrick's Day parade in 1813. The three-hour parade also claims to be the second largest parade in the world (!), with 350 marching units. Parade steps off at 10:15 AM sharp and runs 2.5 miles through the heart of downtown Savannah and its many parks. The Awesome Original Second Time Arounders have done this parade a couple of times in the past. We'll undoubtedly have opportunities to take in Savannah's southern charm and Civil War history, as well as make a side trip to places like nearby Charleston's Rainbow Row. Estimated logistics: 4 nights, $850-$900 (?) per person. UPDATE: We have an invitation for March 2017 and the planning process is under way!

Date TBD: Alaska Cruise

In the aftermath of our Bahamas cruise in 2012 we got lots of other "cruise" suggestions, with Alaska being among the most popular. We would look at a departure just after Rose Festival, before the rates climb to the stratosphere. This would be an Inside Passage trip, probably departing from and returning to Seattle. Typical itineraries on these trips include port stops at Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, plus one or more days of cruising in Glacier Bay National Park. Plus whales, mountains, lots of gorgeous … you get the idea. This would be another "invent your own venue" kind of trip, much like the Bahamas. We'd look to perform aboard ship and then would look for performance opportunities in one or two of our port stops. Estimated logistics: 7 nights, $1100-1200 per person (which includes food and all the usual cruise ship amenities)

Other "Big Ideas"

There are plenty of other ideas floating around, including a cultural tour of Cuba, major flower festival parades in The Netherlands, a return to China (for example, the Luoyang Peony Festival with a side trip to see the Terracotta Warriors of X'ian), a return to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, etc. Both Bristol, Rhode Island and the Calgary Stampede have told us we'd be welcome back. The Board plans to work through some of these ideas and we also plan to survey our band associates to see what sounds popular and then put together a plan.

Regional Trips and Mini-Trips

Besides our annual "big road trip", we want to make a conscious effort to broaden our reach in regional events. This will certainly include day trips, but we'd also love to add roughly one "mini-trip" each year if the band can support it. In general, we'd try to space mini-trips so that they don't fall right on top of a major trip (i.e., we'll try to create "breathing room" between trips as much as we can.) A mini-trip would typically be closer to home, include a 1-2 night hotel stay, and cost in the range of $200-$350. Examples of mini-trips that we've done include the Wenatchee Appleblossom Festival, Pendleton Round-Up, Medford Pear Blossom Festival, White Rock (BC) Sea Festival, and Rogers Santa Claus Parade (Vancouver, BC).

New ideas that we're considering include:

Useful Contact Information

Tom Higham Contact Info

Many of you have worked with Tom Higham, who handles TBGO's overnight travel (and personal travel for many of us).

Mailing Address:

Tom Higham
dba Travel by Tom Higham
9580 SW 146th Terrace, Suite #1
Beaverton, OR 97007


Cell:   (503) 484-8842

(503) 336-0868




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