Event Information for Band Members

Click the event name for information on staging time and location, uniform of the day, maps, etc.

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

October 19, 2019
November 11, 2019
May 15-17, 2020
November 10-20, 2020
(optional NZ extension through
November 30, 2020)
"Down Under" Tour
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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.



TBGO Eighth Birthday - October 19, 2019

Yep, those pages flying off the calendar say it's time to celebrate another TBGO anniversary! More details to come, but here's the basics.

Uniform: Are you kidding??? Just come!!!!

Meet: At 1:30 PM in the Manzanita Room at Elsie Stuhr Center, 5550 SW Hall Blvd. (Map) Set-up starts at 1 PM if you volunteered to help.

Event:  We eat, we pontificate, we enjoy each other's company <grin>.

Potluck: This will be a potluck as usual.  To keep from having too much of any one thing, we suggest the following:

If you're wedded to a particular type of dish, you don't have to abide by this.  We did a circular shift from last year's assignments so you don't have the same assignment as last year.  IMPORTANT RULE: If any food is leftover from your dish, you must take it home, so we recommend bringing something tempting! The band will provide stuff like soft drinks, ice, utensils, paper plates, cups, napkins, etc.

Program: Steve will almost certainly grab a mic because, well, Steve. If you'd like to contribute to the festivities, let us know. If you've got a good idea for a theme let us know. And in any case, come and hang out and have fun because it's been a terrific eighth year. We'll finish by 3:30 and have everything cleaned up by 4:00.

Volunteers: If you can help with setup or cleanup, let janet@tbgo.org know.  Many hands make light work.

Ross-Hollywood Veterans Day Parade - November 11, 2019

Meet:   Meet in the Hollywood District at 8:45 AM in the staging area on NE Tillamook St between NE 39th and NE 40th Ave. (see map). We are Unit #60 of 70. Our staging is quite near the "merge point" where the parade comes together. Please note that our meeting time is close to parade time so PLEASE DON'T BE LATE!

Parking:   Parking is limited around the staging area; carpooling or alternate transportation is encouraged. We've had pretty good luck parking north of NE Thompson St between 40th and 48th, which splits the difference between beginning and end of the parade route. See map below showing location of barricades that may prevent you from using your planned route. Besides on-street parking, the organizers have received permission to use the LIMITED parking at Country Financial (3902 NE Sandy Blvd), Key Bank (3839 NE Broadway St), Bank of America (3967 NE Sandy Blvd), Dept of Human Services (4425 NE Broadway St), Hollywood McDonald's (NE Cesar Chavez Blvd), and Our Lady of Lavang Catholic Church (5404 - 5440 NE Alameda St).

Parade:   Parade steps off at 9:30 AM and heads down 40th to Sandy Blvd, northeast on Sandy to 48th, then north on 48th to the Ross Hollywood Chapel at 4733 NE Thompson St (see map). Parade is only about 8 blocks long.

Uniform:   DRESS uniform - TBGO collared polo shirt, black pants/belt, black socks, black shoes, TBGO hat. Black turtleneck worn beneath the polo shirt is optional. Since it'll be cool in the morning, we'll use the TBGO letterman jackets. If you think the jacket will make you too warm (or if you don't own one of the letterman jackets), you can go with just the polo shirt with black turtleneck underneath and you'll match fine. We do have a limited number of letterman jackets available to borrow for $5 each (see Janet for details). VETERANS may substitute a service hat for the TBGO cap. You may add a clear plastic raincoat if the day is wet. Red, white, and blue decorating is encouraged.

Click staging area maps to enlarge

Post-Parade:   There are flag ceremonies and speakers at the Ross Hollywood Chapel's Veterans Memorial Flag Pole (see Post-Parade Ceremony diagram at right). We will play likely play during the ceremony (TBD, still verifying) and will likely use some of our other music before and/or after the ceremony.

Parade Music:

  1. National Anthem March
  2. Tribute to America
  3. Venus
  4. Veterans Salute

Additional Post-Parade Music:

  • America the Beautiful
  • Washington Post March
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Over Mountains and Valleys
  • You're a Grand Old Flag
  • National Emblem March

Parade Publicity: Parade organizers encourage you to "Like" or "Share" the parade's Facebook page as an excellent way to engage the community and help get people involved (and build an audience!). The page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/VeteransDayPDX/

USO-Style Show at Tony Starlight's:   Portland restaurateur and entertainer Tony Starlight hosts the Ross-Hollywood Veterans Day program each year. For the ninth straight year he will also host a free USO-style show following the official ceremonies to say “thank you” to all the veterans who served and have served this country. Tony will be joined by an eight-piece band playing songs from the WWII era, through the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and beyond. Everything from Andrews Sisters and Big Band music to Neil Diamond’s “America” and other patriotic and fun American songs. As always, Tony will be sure the show not only has great music, but it will be fun to watch.

The USO show takes place at the German American Society at 5626 NE Alameda St (near 57th and Sandy Blvd) and is free to all veterans, their families and anyone who just wants to join Tony and the band in expressing their gratitude for the men and women who serve and/or have served in the armed services. Doors open at 12:00 PM. Free lunch is typically available to the first 250 attendees.

Other Breakfast/Lunch Option:   In previous years, a passel of us have adjourned to the upstairs room at Sam's Billiards (1845 NE 41st Ave) for breakfast and/or lunch, which worked well. Sam's is marked on the staging map above.

Post-Parade Ceremony -
Click for full-size diagram (PDF)

Poulsbo Viking Fest - May 17-19, 2020

The TBGO Long-Term Travel Plan has us slated to attend Viking Fest in Poulsbo, Washington next spring. Our plans include both "big trips" like Australia plus "mini-trips" that take us to local festivals like this one. The lower cost of the mini-trips also lets more band associates participate in travel events.

Dates for the trip would be May 15-17, 2020. Although that's 7 months away, we have to start planning for it now.

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. Be sure to check out this story as well (the donut photo alone is worth it).

This is a 3-day, 2 night motor coach trip much like the Spokane Lilac Festival trip (depart Fri morning, return Sun evening). Current plan is to stay at the Oxford Suites right on the water in Silverdale, WA (5 miles away). Hotel includes a lovely breakfast and nice happy hour with appetizers and other cooked items (soup & salad) and drink tickets for (2) drinks each (beer, wine or soft drinks). There's a nice walking path down to the seafood restaurant and the park on the water and our location is handy/walkable to many other restaurants. We plan to include a ferry boat ride (1 hour) on the way up from Seattle/Bremerton on the Washington State Ferry for a nice scenic ride in the Puget Sound, and other local attractions like Port Gamble and Port Townsend are possibilities.

Estimated pricing will run about the same as the Spokane trip:


The hotel where we're holding rooms needs an answer from us next week, so we need to get your travel thoughts to decide whether to keep this trip on our calendar. PLEASE TAKE THE BRIEF SURVEY BY SUNDAY OCTOBER 20 to give us the feedback we need. The survey will ask about your likelihood of attending Viking Fest at these prices. We'll also ask for likelihood of attending if we offer $50 or $100 Early Booking Discount to ease the sting.


"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