Event Information for Band Members

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Date Event
January 10, 2020 Joint Show with
St. Patrick's College, Strathfield
of Sydney, Australia
February 25, 2020 Mysti Krewe of Nimbus Mardi Gras Parade
May 15-17, 2020 Poulsbo Viking Fest
November 10-20, 2020
(optional NZ extension through
November 30, 2020)
"Down Under" Tour
  Long-Term Travel Plans
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St. Patrick's College, Strathfield Joint Show - Fri January 10, 2020

We've got visitors! St. Patrick's College, Strathfield from Sydney, Australia is coming to town and we have the pleasure of hosting a joint show with them. How appropriate in the year WE are headed to Australia!

Uniform:   DRESS uniform: TBGO polo shirt, black pants/belt, black socks, black shoes. NO HAT since we are indoors.

Meet:   At 6:30 PM at Southwest Bible Church, 14605 SW Weir Rd, Beaverton (map and directions). Enter the building at the doors on the southwest side of the building (look for the TBGO banner).

Early Rehearsal Option:   We will close the show with a joint performance of Fireball, and St Patrick's would like to rehearse it with us if possible. They have a 4-5 pm rehearsal time at the church. I know we can't get everyone there, but I bet we can get a representative sample of our group so they can draft off our players. If you'd like to help with rehearsing the chart, plan to be at the church by around 4:20 and we'll do a few run-throughs whenever they finish working their other music. Also drop Steve a note so he has some idea of what to expect. (FYI, you'll have time to go eat dinner before the show.)

Stands:   St Patrick's has stands, but they're the flimsy wire stands and they'd love to replace those with sturdier Manhasset-style (or similar) stands if available. If you have a "better" stand (i.e., not a wire stand) and are okay with lending it, please bring it with you. This applies whether you're coming early or at the 6:30 call time. They have 30 players, so we should be able to gather enough stands to cover most people. I recommend that you label your stand somehow so we can repatriate everyone with their stand at the end of the night.

Parking:   Park in the southwest corner of the parking lot near the new construction, which will put you near the correct entry door. This is the same part of the lot we've used as a departure point for bus trips to previous events.

Plan of the Day:   St. Patrick's will be first to perform with a 45 minute show beginning at 7:00 PM. We'll have a 15 minute intermission (allows us to clear chairs and music stands from the stage), and then TBGO finishes with a 45 minute show. The two groups will join for a "grand finale" on our last tune.

Publicity:   Please help us get the word out about the show -- we'd love to have a nice crowd for our visitors! Here's a flyer that you can print, post, or email (1 per page) or (2 per page).

Donations:   We will make a pitch during the show for donations to New South Wales Rural Fire Service to help with their efforts fighting the fires devastating south Australia.

Additional Support:   St. Patrick's will arrive at the church at 3:30 pm for a 4-5 pm rehearsal. We can use a few extra people who can be at the venue at 3:30 pm to help move chairs and/or equipment, mind the door (we don't want random people entering the building), and generally help things run smoothly. Similarly we'll want help from 6:15 through end of show to mind the door, take donations, and reset the room and building after the show. Please contact Steve if you can help.


  • Confident
  • We Need a Little Christmas
  • Band of Gold
  • Bang Bang
  • Venus
  • We Like to Party
  • Long Train Runnin'
  • I'm Shipping Up to Boston
  • One Mint Julep
  • Dancing in the Street
  • Shut Up and Dance
  • America the Beautiful
  • Sweet Caroline
  • Uptown Funk
  • Time Warp
  • Nutcracker Christmas Parade
  • Fireball

Poulsbo Viking Fest - May 15-17, 2020



Viking Fest

TBGO's Long-Term Travel Plan includes both "big trips" like Australia and "mini-trips" that take us to local festivals like Poulsbo Viking Fest. It's fun bonding with bandmates on these regional trips and experiencing local festivals! The lower cost of the mini-trips also lets more band associates participate in travel events.

Viking Fest is an annual 3-day celebration of Poulsbo's (aka "Little Norway") Scandinavian heritage. It is celebrated each year on the 3rd weekend of the month of May. The Saturday parade is about 1.5 miles long with from 80 to 90 units. There's a Viking Village, carnival, food, entertainment, eating contests all the usual. Photos and more information about Viking Fest are available here (note: site appears to be offline. Be sure to check out this story as well (the donut photo alone is worth it).

Trip Details and Signup

This is a 3-day, 2 night motor coach trip much like the Spokane Lilac Festival trip (depart Fri morning, return Sun evening). Full trip details are available here, including a link to the signup survey.

We're delighted to pass along the good news that the price of this trip turned out to be about $60 LESS than our original estimate. In addition, there is a $100 Early Booking Discount available to all band associates who qualify (see the full trip details for exact requirements).

Non-performer guests are welcome to join the trip but are not eligible for the EBD or other subsidies provided to band associates.

Deadline EXTENDED:

  • Early Booking Discount:  December 24, 2019

"Down Under" Tour - Australia - November 10-20, 2020
(Optional New Zealand extension through November 29)



National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant

We're going to Australia! In November 2020 TBGO will perform in Adelaide's National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant, the largest single-day parade in the southern hemisphere, the second biggest in the world (behind the famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City), and the largest Christmas Parade in the world.

Trip Details and Signup

Full details for the Australia Tour and the optional New Zealand Extension are now available including itineraries, land packages, air packages, pricing, and other necessary travel details. You'll also find information about ways the band is helping to reduce the cost of the trip for band associates including a substantial Early Booking Discount and a significant budget for the Travel Awards Program.

Non-performer guests are welcome to join the trip but are not eligible for the EBD, Travel Awards, or other subsidies provided to band associates.


  • Travel Award applications:  October 20, 2019
  • Early Booking Discount:  October 31, 2019

Long-Term Travel Plans

Major Road Trips

The Board talks with members informally to get travel ideas, and there's no shortage of fun things to do. We've built a long-term travel plan using these criteria:

Regional Trips and Mini-Trips

Besides our annual "big road trip", we make a conscious effort to broaden our reach in regional events. This will certainly include day trips, but we'd also love to add one or two "mini-trips" 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 have lower cost. Examples of mini-trips that we've done include the Autumn Leaf Festival in Leavenworth (WA), Wenatchee Appleblossom Festival, Pendleton Round-Up, Medford Pear Blossom Festival, White Rock (BC) Sea Festival, and Rogers Santa Claus Parade (Vancouver, BC).

Active Travel Plan

In October 2018 the TBGO Board unveiled a new multi-year travel plan at the annual TBGO Birthday Party, including both regional and major national/international trips through 2024.

UPDATE:  Based on interest poll results, we have decided that we will NOT travel to Yakima Sunfair in September 2019. We are keeping this event on the list for possible travel in the future.

Click the grid at right for a one-page summary of the plan.  
If you are on PC or Mac, click the cover slide at right to launch a self-running slide show with details of the plan and its trips. It may take a bit for the presentation to start running since it's large (48 MB). Once it launches, you can advance through it using mouse, space bar, enter key, arrow keys, etc.
If you are on a phone, tablet, or other such device, click on the PDF version at right. It loses the lovely animations and transitions, but at least you can see all the text!


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