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SMALL BAND GIG: This is a SMALL BAND GIG for designated players. Please attend only if you've been requested to attend.
Meet: At 9:15 AM at Nekter Juice Bar, 7710 NE 5th Ave, Suite 118, Vancouver, WA. (map)
Please be prompt as the first set begins at 9:30.
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. Add the TBGO letterman jacket or TBGO black lightweight jacket if it's cool.
Plan of the Day: We are playing three 30-minute sets, with Jenny directing. Sets begin at 9:30, 10:30, and 12:00. You should have 11 to Noon free to grab some lunch if you like.
All three sets have the same set list (i.e., we'll just repeat).
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.
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 have CONFIRMED that we will play America the Beautiful during the ceremony and we'l also use some of the other music below before and/or after the ceremony.
Additional Post-Parade Music:
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 Diamonds 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)
Meet: At 11:00 AM in Pioneer Courthouse Square. (map and directions)
Uniform: DRESS uniform - TBGO collared polo shirt, black pants/belt, black socks, black shoes, TBGO hat. Feel free to substitute or add appropriate holiday headgear (Santa hat, antlers, elf ears, ...). Black turtleneck worn beneath the polo shirt is optional. TBGO letterman jacket recommended. 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). Please do NOT wear the lightweight black jackets since they won't match. You may add a clear plastic raincoat if the day is wet.
Plan of the Day: We are in Pioneer Courthouse Square throughout the event (standstill, no marching). TBGO begins playing at 11:30 am. (FYI, we are not using a microphone and will not do our usual speaking schtick; we're just playing.) At Noon, the emcee will kick off the program in the Square (the tree will be on its way down Sixth Avenue). After the opening remarks, we resume playing and continue as the tree rolls into the Square (typically between 12:06 and 12:10) and the dignitaries (including Santa) reach the podium. The program then continues, ending around 12:30 pm. At 12:30, we play again as tree assembly begins and we'll end at 1 pm.
"Welcome" Tunes: We'll REPEAT the two tunes in red during the "tree welcome" time slot of 12:06 - 12:10pm.
Play List: When we run out, we'll just repeat the list.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
We Like to Party
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
We Need a Little Christmas
Jingle Bell Rock (Street Version)
Shut Up and Dance
Nutcracker Christmas Parade
Frosty the Snowman
Jingle Bell Jam
Uniform: DRESS uniform - TBGO letterman jacket, TBGO polo shirt, black pants/belt, black socks, black shoes, TBGO hat. Black turtleneck is optional if you need warmth. Clear plastic raincoat is acceptable if it's wet.
Jackets: We have a few loaner TBGO letterman jackets available for $5 per event. If you want to rent one for this event, contact Janet Tolopka (janet AT tbgo.org) as soon as possible. If we don't have enough jackets available or you prefer not to rent one, you can wear the purple polo with black turtleneck underneath and you'll look matched.
Additional garb and decorations: This is a NIGHT parade and much of the route is not well lit, so memorize or make sure you have a light source for your music. Thermal underwear, hand warmers, foot warmers, and similar accouterments may be quite useful if the weather is cold. If it looks rainy, you may want to consider bringing a clear plastic raincoat. If you choose to wear gloves or ear covering during the parade please wear black. (Any color is fine for stuff you wear only before the parade.) You are encouraged to add or substitute appropriate holiday headgear (Santa hat, antlers etc) or add festive holiday decorations to your uniform. Holiday horn decorating and are encouraged!
Parade: Parade proceeds along River Rd from Lockhaven Drive to Glynbrook Rd. Parade steps off at 7 PM and is about 1.8 miles long.
Staging: We should be able to hang out inside McNary High until shortly before parade time (approx 6:30 or 6:40 PM). After leaving the gym, we'll proceed along the west side of the stadium to Lockhaven Dr, which is the formal staging area for the parade. Parade steps off along River Rd at 7 PM.
Food: TBGO is purchasing pizzas that should be waiting for us at McNary High when we arrive. Everyone is welcome to chow down while we wait to head out to Lockhaven Rd around 6:40 PM.
Parade Music: This is a NIGHT parade and much of the route is not well lit, so memorize or make sure you have a light source for your music.
TBGO Motor Coach / Shuttle: TBGO has rented ONE motor coach for travel to this event. After we get our riders to Keizer, we are also using our motor coach as a shuttle to pick up self-drivers and get them to the staging area before the parade. Details for both immediately following the red sign-up box.
TBGO Motor Coach Travelers: 55 seats are available (first come, first served). Price to ride the TBGO motor coach is $12 per person nonrefundable. The TBGO motor coach will pick up riders in Gresham and Wilsonville (details below) and drop everyone off right at McNary High School. Following the parade, the motor coach will be waiting at the end of the route for the trip directly back to the Wilsonville and Gresham boarding points. See below for details about times and pickup locations. Use the signup survey to reserve your motor coach seat. See the Payments page to pay by PayPal or credit card, or for instructions on how to pay using cash or check.
Self-Drivers: If you prefer to drive to Keizer on your own, you have some options:
IMPORTANT: The parade route (River Rd) closes at 6 PM, except for the east-west crossing at Chemawa Rd which remains open until 7 PM.
If you select option #1 or #2, please be at McNary High no later than 6 PM. Use the signup survey to let us know you're coming (there's a self-drive option).
For option #3, use the signup survey to let us know you're coming and reserve your shuttle bus seat. Price to ride the shuttle is $2 per person. See the Payments page to pay by PayPal or credit card, or for instructions on how to pay using cash or check. Park at or near CASA of Marion County (see Parking below) by 5:30 PM and wait for the TBGO shuttle to pick you up between 5:45 and 6 PM.
Parking: We have parking available at CASA of Marion County, 3530 River Rd N (map). Please park along the back row of spaces first. If/when that fills up, it looks like there is plenty of on-street neighborhood parking along Weeks Dr NE, which is the street just south of CASA on the same side of River Rd (see map below right). I DO NOT recommend trying to park on either Cade Ave or Glynbrook St (just north of CASA); these streets barely exist on Google Street View and don't seem to have anything that looks like parking.
To avoid traffic and road closures, I recommend using the arrival route shown on map via Salem Pkwy and Broadway St. CASA of Marion County will be on your right (east side of River Rd), just opposite Skyline's Ford. Alternatively, you can take Chemawa Rd to River Rd and then head south; CASA of Marion County will be on your left if you take that route. Don't arrive late; the shuttle will not wait for you.
EAST SIDE: Lyft Fitness at 23500 SE Stark St, Gresham (map and directions) is our east side pickup point (thanks Tom McCann!). Please park in the SOUTH end of the parking lot. Gym will be open and restrooms will be available. Arrival and departure times are shown in the Detailed Itinerary below.
WEST SIDE: The parking lot between Starbucks and Sonic Burger at 30129 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Wilsonville (map and directions) is our west side pickup point. Arrival and departure times are shown in the Detailed Itinerary below.
|3:30 PM||TBGO Band Associates arrive at Lyft Fitness for East-Side pickup|
|3:45 PM||Motor Coach departs Lyft Fitness|
|4:15 PM||TBGO Band Associates arrive at Sonic/Starbucks Wilsonville for West-Side pickup|
|4:30 PM||Motor Coach arrives at Sonic/Starbucks Wilsonville|
|4:45 PM||Motor Coach departs Sonic/Starbucks Wilsonville|
|5:30 - 5:45 PM||Motor Coach arrives at McNary High School in Keizer. Band Associates offload and head into the school. Pizza arrives. Motor Coach departs for CASA of Marion County.|
|5:30 PM||Shuttle riders arrive and park at CASA of Marion County.|
|5:45 PM - 6:00 PM||Motor Coach arrives at CASA of Marion County, picks up shuttle passengers, departs for McNary High School. SHUTTLE RIDERS BE PREPARED TO DEPART AS SOON AS BUS ARRIVES.|
|6:00 PM - 6:15 PM||Shuttle riders arrive at McNary High School. C'mon in for pizza!|
|6:40 PM (estimated)||TBGO heads to staging area on Lockhaven Blvd|
|7:00 PM||Keizer Holiday Lights Parade steps off|
|8:00 PM (estimated)||TBGO steps off|
|9:00 PM (estimated)||TBGO finishes parade; load motor coach|
|9:15 PM (sooner if possible)||Motor Coach departs for home|
|10:00 PM (estimated)||Motor Coach arrives at West-Side pickup point in Wilsonville|
|10:10 PM||Motor Coach departs Lake Oswego|
|10:55 PM||Motor Coach arrives at East-Side pickup point in Gresham|
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.
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.
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.
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:
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).
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!|
Many of you have worked with Tom Higham, who handles TBGO's overnight travel (and personal travel for many of us).