Event Information for Band Members

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Date Event
November 25, 2022

Columbia Sportswear Black Friday Event

November 25, 2022

Tree Lighting in Pioneer Courthouse Square

December 1-4, 2022

Phoenix Electric Light Parade

December 21, 2022

Holiday Arts Show in Pioneer Courthouse Square

November 2023

Australia Travel

  Long-Term Travel Plans
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Columbia Sportswear Black Friday Event - Fri November 25, 2022

PERFORMANCE TIMES HAVE CHANGED!!! INFO STILL TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

Event summary:   Three years ago we entertained shift workers at the Amazon distribution center in Troutdale on Black Friday.  The person who hired us for that event is now at Columbia Sportswear and has booked us for a similar Black Friday event at the Columbia Sportswear distribution center.  We are doing both a MORNING and EVENING event at the facility to catch the Day Shift and Swing Shift.

Uniform:   DRESS uniform: TBGO polo shirt, TBGO hat, black long pants/belt, black socks, black shoes. Black turtleneck worn beneath the polo shirt is optional. We will be INDOORS so jacket shouldn't be an issue. Santa hats and other holiday decorating strongly encouraged!!!

Meet:   At the time listed below in Shift Details at Columbia Sportswear Distribution Center, 7000 N Leadbetter Rd, Portland (map and directions). 

Day Shift Details:   Meet at 9:30 am. We will be INDOORS performing for workers on their lunch break. We will play 10 am to 11 am.

Swing Shift Details:   Meet at 8:15 pm. We will be INDOORS performing for workers on their dinner break. We will play 8:45 to 9:45 pm.

Jingle Bell Rock Singing Edition: Be sure you have the UPDATED 2-page version of Jingle-Bell Rock SINGING EDITION. The UPDATED version has 88 measures, is subtitled "TBGO Singing Edition", and says "Updated November 21" at the bottom of the first page. If your copy has 89 measures and ends with a fermata, YOU HAVE THE WRONG VERSION.. See this link if you need the updated JBR Singing Edition.

Music:   Same as our Dec 21 Pioneer Courthouse Square show.

Star Trek TNG

Confident

We Need a Little Christmas

Santa Baby

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Happy

Jingle Bell Jam

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Bang Bang

Call Me

Santa Meets Sousa

Jingle-Bell Rock SINGING EDITION (see above)

Uptown Funk

Overjoyed

Frosty the Snowman

Shut Up and Dance

We Like to Party

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Sweet Caroline

Fireball

Nutcracker Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Tree Lighting at Pioneer Courthouse Square - Fri November 25, 2022

KEEPO AN EYE OUT FOR CHANGES, BUT THIS IS GETTING CLOSE TO FINAL

Event summary:   Last year we participated in the virtual tree lighting of Portland's Christmas tree. This year the tree lighting is back to being an in-person event in Pioneer Courthouse Square and we've been invited to be part of it! The event kicks off at 4:00 pm with music by a few performing groups, including TBGO. UPDATE: we are scheduled to play from 4:00 to 4:30. The Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir performs from 4:30 to 5:00. At 5:30, Thomas Lauderdale and Pink Martini take the stage for more music and a sing-along. A few TBGO band members will perform on-stage with Lauderdale's group; see additional info below INCLUDING FRIDAY REHEARSAL FOR THESE FOLKS. The tree is lighted at 6:00.

Uniform:   DRESS uniform: TBGO polo shirt, TBGO hat, black pants/belt, BLACK socks, BLACK shoes. TBGO Letterman Jacket encouraged if you own one. If you don't own a TBGO Letterman Jacket, the uniform shirt is fine, or add a black turtleneck beneath the shirt for additional warmth. We do have a limited number of letterman jackets available to borrow for $5 each (contact janet@tbgo.org for details). Alternatively, use the TBGO lightweight black jacket or any PLAIN black jacket. Santa hats and other holiday decorating strongly encouraged!!!

Meet:   UPDATE: Meet in the Square at 3:40 pm. We begin playing at 4:00, so don't be late.

Street Closures and Parking:   Streets will be shutting down to vehicle traffic 2 blocks in each direction of the Square at 3pm. The closest parking garages will be SmartPark at the SW 10th and Yamhill or SW 4th and Yamhill.

Jingle Bell Rock Singing Edition: Be sure you have the UPDATED 2-page version of Jingle-Bell Rock SINGING EDITION. The UPDATED version has 88 measures, is subtitled "TBGO Singing Edition", and says "Updated November 21" at the bottom of the first page. If your copy has 89 measures and ends with a fermata, YOU HAVE THE WRONG VERSION.. See this link if you need the updated JBR Singing Edition.

Music:   THIS LIST HAS BEEN UPDATED:

Santa Baby

We Need a Little Christmas

Jingle Bell Jam

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

We Like to Party

Santa Meets Sousa

Jingle-Bell Rock SINGING EDITION (see above)

Overjoyed

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Frosty the Snowman

Fireball

Nutcracker Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Additional Info for the 5:30 On-Stage Performers:   THIS INFO APPLIES TO ONLY THESE PEOPLE: Terri Cone,Bob Weinstein, Janet Tolopka, Don Price, Ken Aiken, Charlie Johnson, Dick Kennish, Klayton Lisonbee, Gayle Ruhlen, Jon Beck, Harriet Ottaviano, Dan Dees

You have a REHEARSAL with Pink Martini and members of the Portland Youth Philharmonic at 1 pm on Friday Nov 25. Location is Thomas Lauderdale's loft at 728 SW 1st Ave, Portland (map and directions), about 6 blocks from Pioneer Square. Free parking is available in the Hotel Rose garage next to the loft at 1st and Morrison. Following the rehearsal you will go to the Square for setup and sound check at 2:15.

You should receive a liabilitv waiver to DocuSign from Lindsay Gay. Please be sure to sign as requested. On Friday, check in at the Square at Gate A (SW 6th and Morrison) to get your backstage credentials.

The Square will provide chairs, stands, book lights, and a physical copy of the music for you Friday. You may want to take a look at the music ahead of time; parts are available at this link.

Phoenix Electric Light Parade

TBGO Marching Band Flies South to "The Valley of the Sun" at Phoenix, Arizona!!!

December 1 – 4, 2022.   Come join us for a fun-filled trip to Phoenix, Arizona to march and be a part of the 35th Annual APS Electric Light Parade presented by The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation.   Each year has a theme and this year's theme is "Light Up The Night". How fun to be able to wear shorts on the plane going somewhere at that time of year!!   

The parade takes place on Saturday, Dec 3. It will be televised on the local ABC affiliate and is recognized statewide as the highest-attended Christmas parade with over 250,000 people watching along the parade route.  BTW, the Greater Phoenix Area has a population of over 4.6 million people, about 2 million more people than the Portland area.  Parade leadership is excited to have the TBGO Marching Band in their parade. There will be plenty of great marching bands in the parade, plus a twirler only group. 

We've planned a 3-Night trip based on your feedback. As usual, we've planned a few outings while in Phoenix including the Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix with over 8,000 instruments from over 200 countries.  Tom says "this place is incredible and you will want to put it on your bucket list for sure!"  Click here for the detailed itinerary.

Uniform:   DRESS uniform: TBGO polo shirt, black long pants/belt, black socks, black shoes. We are adding the following items to the uniform for this parade since this parade is all about and we'd like to add some consistency to our look:

Parade Music:  

  1. Santa Baby
  2. Jingle Bell Rock STREET EDITION
  3. Overjoyed
  4. You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Parade:   Parade steps off at 7 pm on December 3, 2022 from North Phoenix Baptist Church; see route map. The all-flat route is about 2.5 miles long.

Phoenix APS Electric Light Parade Route

Pioneer Square Holiday Show - Dec 21, 2022

Meet:   In Pioneer Courthouse Square at 11:30 AM.

Uniform:   DRESS uniform: TBGO polo shirt, TBGO hat, black PANTS/belt, BLACK socks, BLACK shoes. TBGO Letterman Jacket encouraged if you own one. If you don't own a TBGO Letterman Jacket, the uniform shirt is fine, or add a black turtleneck beneath the shirt for additional warmth. We do have a limited number of letterman jackets available to borrow for $5 each (contact janet@tbgo.org for details). Santa hats and other holiday decorating strongly encouraged!!!

Jingle Bell Rock Singing Edition: Be sure you have the UPDATED 2-page version of Jingle-Bell Rock SINGING EDITION. The UPDATED version has 88 measures, is subtitled "TBGO Singing Edition", and says "Updated November 21" at the bottom of the first page. If your copy has 89 measures and ends with a fermata, YOU HAVE THE WRONG VERSION.. See this link if you need the updated JBR Singing Edition.

Music:

Star Trek TNG

Confident

We Need a Little Christmas

Santa Baby

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Happy

Jingle Bell Jam

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

Bang Bang

Call Me

Santa Meets Sousa

Jingle-Bell Rock SINGING EDITION (see above)

Uptown Funk

Overjoyed

Frosty the Snowman

Shut Up and Dance

We Like to Party

You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Sweet Caroline

Fireball

Nutcracker Christmas Parade

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Australia Travel

Australia Moves to November 2023 (sigh!)

It's certainly disappointing to defer Australia for one more year, but reality intrudes. Both Australia and New Zealand have kept their borders tightly controlled to contain the spread of Coronavirus. The two countries are just beginning to carefully/slowly open up. Qantas flights started flying out of LAX last week but only for a limited audience beginning with Australia citizens who are spread around the world and have been unable to return home because of the border closures. The next group will be college students and visa holders with work permits. USA/Canadian citizens may start to make their way back in early March, although re-opening dates are subject to change. In addition, airfares are still expensive at this time.

The other worrisome element is the parade itself. Both last year and this year the National Pharmacies Christmas Pageant has been reduced to a lap around the track at the Adelaide Oval. This is still pretty fun if you're a kid watching the floats etc from the stands, but not so much if you're a marching band who's trekked 8,261 miles to perform. Given that the speed of things reopening is unpredictable and Australia has been quite conservative so far, we can't predict what the Pageant will look like in 2022.

Overall, it's pretty clear that we should plan for 2023 rather than 2022. The good news is that our investment is still protected: all our deposits will be honored by those holding them. And if we reach 2023 and you decide NOT to make the trip, we should be able to transfer your deposit to newcomers in the band who want to go. In summary: Kind of a bummer, but we have to work with the world we've got rather than the world we wish we had.

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

www.travelbytomhigham.com

Cell:   (503) 484-8842
Fax:

(503) 336-0868

EMail:

tom-higham@comcast.net

travel@thebeatgoesonmb.org