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.

Date Event
February 24, 2017
February 28, 2017
March 14-19, 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.



French American School Mardi Gras Parade & Show

This one oughta be fun! Here's the basic idea, as described by our patron: “Each year the French American International School hosts a Mardi Gras celebration where the preschoolers-kindergarteners make masks and hold a parade that marches around the whole school.  We'd like a marching band to lead the parade and then play a few songs for the kiddos to dance to.  The parade starts at 9am in front of the firehouse on NW Johnson St. It would take an able-bodied adult not even 5 minutes to walk from the start to finish but a 100 or so small children is a different story.  So we estimate a 20 minute walk from the beginning, in front of the firehouse, to the end at the gym. Older kids in classrooms you'll pass will come outside and cheer you on as you go by. We will then enter the gym and play a set until 10am as the 100 or so children boogie down.”

Meeting Info CHANGED:   Meet at 8:15 AM at the gymnasium of the French American International School, 8500 NW Johnson St. This is the same time as previously announced, but we will meet at the school, not at the fire station. You can use this link to get a map and directions.


The optional CARPOOL MEETING TIME (see below) is 7:45 AM.

Parking:  IMPORTANT: Do NOT park in the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue parking lot!!!

Parking is going to be painful for this gig. The French American International School (FAIS) has two small parking lots as shown on map above and at right. Lot A is entered from NW Johnson St, Lot B is entered from NW Miller Rd. The two lots are not connected. Janet and I explored the lots this week and there were almost no free parking spaces. To make it worse, there will probably be tons of parents dropping off kids when we are arriving, creating congestion that will slow you down. If you come REALLY EARLY you might get lucky in one of the two lots, but I think your best bet is to park elsewhere as further described. Also be aware that during morning rush hour (which is when we'll be arriving), there is NO LEFT TURN ONTO CORNELL RD FROM THE SCHOOL, so if you drive in and can't find a spot in the lot it gets interesting. I do NOT recommend trying to use the school lots unless you MUST have a nearby space and come really early.

There are a handful of parking spaces (3-4) on NW 87th Ave to the west of Lot A (shown by the pink dashes). But remember that "no left turn" problem -- if they're all taken, your life gets harder. So your better bets may be two neighborhood parking areas.

One choice is north of Cornell Rd along NW 87th Ave or NW 88th Ave or adjoining streets. Parking here should be relatively straightforward. 87th is closer, but parking along 88th may be easier. Note that the two streets DO connect via loop. The only issue with this area is that you have to cross Cornell Rd on foot, which may be a bit tricky since Cornell is quite busy during the morning rush hour. If the traffic is so bad that you can't successfully cross the street, you may need to walk east along Cornell to Miller Rd where there's a traffic light.

Your second choice is to turn onto NW Ash St from NW Miller Rd. This is a residential neighborhood and there should be parking available. The downsides to this location are (1) Ash St goes pretty steeply uphill as you go toward Miller Rd, so you've got an uphill hike; (2) there is no sidewalk along Miller Rd between Ash St and Lot B; and (3) the walk from the Ash St parking area to FAIS via Lot B is about 0.3 miles.

Carpool:  Since parking is gonna be a bear, you might want to consider carpooling to the event so that we minimize the number of cars we need to park. One option is to arrange a carpool in advance on your own. However, we can also do impromptu carpooling. There's a QFC Food Store at the corner of SW Miller Rd and SW Barnes Rd as shown on the Carpool Map at right. If you'd like to create an impromptu carpool, please park in the QFC lot by 7:45 AM (use outermost portions of the lot so we're as much out of the way as possible). Find each other, fill up cars, and head out to one of the parking areas (see Parking Map and explanation) as each car fills up. It's about 1.5 miles from QFC to the Cornell/Miller intersection. Be at the staging area near the Fire Station by 8:15 AM.






Parade Route: Parade route (see detail map at right) begins at the school, proceeds west along NW Johnson St to the fire station, then reverses course and returns to the school. Total distance is now up to 1000 feet (whew!). Kids in the blue-striped classrooms will come out to cheer on our little marchers. Immediately following the parade , we'll head into the gym (green building) to do our show.

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. When we get closer to Feb 24 and have a better sense of the weather, we'll consider whether to use the letterman jackets.

Parade Music:

  1. Fireball
  2. Poker Face
  3. Uptown Funk

If the auxiliaries wanna try it and we have enough woodwinds to make it work outdoors, we may add I'm Shipping Up to Boston as #4, so bring it with you.

Show Music:

Unchain My Heart

Five O’Clock World

Bad Romance

Uptown Funk 

Hey! Baby

I’m Shipping Up to Boston

Wooly Bully

Poker Face

Bang Bang (hey, let's try it!)


Build Me Up, Buttercup


Long Train Runnin


We’re an American Band

Runaway Baby

Also have ready in case we need extra music:

Sweet Caroline

One Mint Julep


Portland Mardi Gras Parade

A new event for us. This information is now FINAL with the exception of uniform. (We'll monitor the weather and go to letterman jackets if the evening looks like it will be cold.)

Director:  Jenny Krems will be running this event as Steve has a prior commitment.

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. When we get closer to Feb 28 and have a better sense of the weather, we'll consider whether to use the letterman jackets. Decorating including is encouraged!

Meet:  At 6:00 PM at Victoria Bar, 4835 NE Albina Ave. Parade steps off at 7 PM. Units will line up in the Neil Kelly parking lot.

Parking:  Because of limited parking in the staging area, the organizers suggest either parking near the end of the parade (near the Ecliptic Brewery) or along the adjacent streets along the parade route.

Mardi Gras staging


Parade Route: Parade heads south on Albina Ave and then Mississippi Ave to end at Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N Cook St. Parade is approx 0.8 miles long and ends by around 7:45 PM.

Parade Lineup:  Parade rolls with Northside Skull and Bone Gang, followed by the 2017 King and Queen of the Mardi Gras Ball, then Mysti Krewe of Nimbus & BrassRoots Movement Brass Band, Second Line, Bloco Alegria Samba Band, More Second Line, and The Beat Goes On Marching Band

After-Party:  Parade ends at Ecliptic Brewing (825 N Cook St) – afterparty begins! Bloco Alegria, Krewe Loose Cajun Band, and many more surprises!

Parade Music:

  1. Wooly Bully
  2. Fireball
  3. Poker Face
  4. Uptown Funk
Mardi Gras Parade Route


Savannah (Georgia) St. Patrick's Day Parade 2017

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. It's unlikely that we'll need to use jackets for this event.

Parade Music:

  1. Wooly Bully
  2. I'm Shipping Up to Boston
  3. Fireball
  4. Poker Face

In rehearsal, we'll also be working on Heartache Tonight as a new parade tune. If it happens to come together (across the whole band) in time for the trip, we'll use it to replace Poker Face.

Parade Route:  Here's a link to a map of the Savannah St Patrick's Day Parade route. Parade steps off at 10:15 AM.



Erin go bragh!!!  It's time for TBGO to head for the Southeastern United States,
an area we've yet to infest, er, visit - so climb aboard for this St. Patrick's Day Adventure!!!


(click any photo to enlarge)

Savannah Waterfront
Beautiful Savannah riverfront by night

Trip Overview

We depart Portland for our St Patrick's adventure on the evening of Tuesday March 14 via “Night Flights” to Charleston, SC.

We arrive into Charleston, SC at on Wednesday March 15 at 920 am and 1045 am.  After collecting our luggage, we will then be met by motor coaches for the trip south to Savannah, GA (just under 2 hours) to our hotel.

Remainder of day is available to you to enjoy -- catch up on lost sleep, or grab a bus/taxi/Uber into Historic Savannah to explore the city.



Please don't get too many ideas...

Magnolia Plantation House
The Plantation House

Alligator at Magnolia Gardens
Look everybody! Luggage!!!

On Thursday March 16 we depart first thing in the morning right after breakfast for a full day to Historic Charleston, SC.  Arrive at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens at 930 am.  Magnolia Plantation is one of the oldest plantations in the South dating back to 1676; it sits on about 600 acres of land and is on the National Historic Register.  The included gardens are the oldest public gardens in America and have been selected as one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens" by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Your admission (included with your travel package) includes a group guided tour of the House and narrated tour of the grounds by tram, where you will view the lakes, ponds, marshes and forests, slave cabins and 19th Century rice ponds along with all the wildlife habitat.  Watch for blue herons turtles, egrets and alligators on the tram ride!!!

Wildlife abounds in beautiful Magnolia Gardens

Magnolia Plantation Gardens
Tram ride through Magnolia Gardens

Charleston home
Some Charleston architecture

After leaving Magnolia Plantation we take a short 20 drive into the Historic Charleston with a drop-off at the Charleston City Market, just in time to sample some Lowcountry cuisine for lunch.  Or maybe try your luck with a Chatham Artillery Punch, the longtime local drink -- tastes like Hawaiian Punch but kicks lick an artillery piece! (Hmmm ... maybe you'd be better off with One Mint Julep.)

Rest of the day is free for you to enjoy.  How about a horse and carriage ride through the historic homes and gardens and riverfront of Charleston with Palmetto Carriage, about $25 per person
We had hoped to offer an optional afternoon trip out to Fort Sumter, but it is already sold out for our dates due to school groups (darn the little tykes!). However, SpiritLine Cruises (the same company that runs the Ft Sumter tours) offers a 90 minute Charleston Harbor Tour with enthralling tales of the city’s colorful past, scintillating facts about her most-interesting former citizens, and a chance to view notable landmarks including Ft Sumter and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. The cruise departs from Patriots Point at 245 pm (too far to walk, our buses will drop us off) and returns at 415 pm.  Special group price of the OPTIONAL harbor cruise is $19; you may reserve it when you sign up for your travel package.

Our motor coaches depart Charleston at 530 pm to return us to our hotel in Savannah by 730 pm, in time for dinner.

Charleston City Market
Part of the buzz at Charleston City Market

Chatham Artillery Punch
Chatham Artillery Punch

Kiss the Piper!
Kiss the Piper!

A Little Uptown Funk?


Graceful Charleston and Carriage Tour

Friday is Parade Day!!! We will have 3 chartered school buses to take us the short distance to the staging area in Historic Savannah.  The Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off at 1030 am; it loops through the historic downtown area and is approximately 2.5 miles long, taking 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. (Hmmm ... they claim it's 3.1 miles long, but my measurement on Google Maps shows the shorter figure.) Good news: the route is relatively flat throughout!

Upon completion of the parade our buses will bring us back to our hotel.  The rest of the day is free for you to chill or explore on your own.  There will be plenty of St. Patrick’s events and activities going on in Historic Savannah.

Cascarones - A Fiesta Tradition
Pretty sure they're all drinking Perrier ...

Parade Crowd
Parade Crowd on "The Day"

Not Purple, But Great Costumes!

Dignitaries on the parade route

Trolley Tour
Savannah Trolley Tour

Forsyth Park
Fountain in Forsyth Park

Telfair Museum of Art
Telfair Museum of Art


We'll spend Saturday in and around Savannah, beginning with a visit to Historic Savannah via Old Town Trolley Tours. Four trolleys will pick us up right at our hotel, and then we set out on this 90 minute narrated tour. The trolleys will take you back to the hotel following the tour if you like, or you can stay in the city to explore on your own. There will be another "return to hotel" trolley at 430 pm, or you can stick around even later and return to the hotel by city bus (there's a stop right outside the hotel) or taxi on your own. 

Your trolley pass allows you to use the regular Hop-On/Hop-Off Trolley Tours for the remainder of the day if you like.

Visit the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace to learn more about the woman who founded the Girl Scouts. Just up the street is the beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Colonial Park Cemetery, where plaques mark the final resting places of important early colonists including Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. If museums are your thing, try the Roundhouse Railroad Museum (are you paying attention Scott Hurd?), Telfair Museum of Art, or Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Or just stroll the colonial district, go antiquing, or chillax while watching the passing show on the riverfront with a cool beverage in hand.

Time to head for home on Sunday. Our motor coaches depart near 130 pm for the trip back to the Charleston Airport for early evening flights back to Portland.


Colonial Park Cemetery
Colonial Park Cemetery



Civil Rights Museum
Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum



Colonial District
Savannah Colonial District

Optional Activities

As noted above, SpiritLine Cruises (the same company that runs tours to Ft Sumter) offers a Charleston Harbor Tour with enthralling tales of the city’s colorful past, scintillating facts about her most-interesting former citizens, and a chance to view notable landmarks including Ft Sumter and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. Since the Ft Sumter tours are already sold out, this offers you the best opportunity to view the Fort if that's something you're interested in. The cruise departs from Patriots Point at 245 pm (too far to walk, our buses will drop us off) and returns at 415 pm.  Special group price of the OPTIONAL harbor cruise is $19; you may reserve it when you sign up for your travel package.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Midtown Savannah


Fairfield Inn & Suites Midtown Savannah
5801 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone (912) 298-0800

Our hotel is located in the midtown area, about 4.5 miles from the central area of Historic Savannah. It's on the local city bus route with pick-up right outside the front door, so it'll be easy to get to and from the historic area.

This hotel is brand new, opening in October 2016. Whoo-hoo! There are microwaves and mini refrigerators in every room and plenty of restaurants that are walkable from our brand new hotel.  There is a grocery store 1 ½ blocks from our hotel.

There is a swimming pool and fitness center at the hotel and a connected parking garage.

Room with King Bed



Lobby Area


Trip Options and Pricing

We've worked to keep this trip as affordable as possible, but several factors have made that harder than usual. With all there is to see and do in this new part of the U.S. for the band, we considered making this a five-night trip but concluded it would be prohibitively expensive -- so four nights it is. (Tom will work with those who wish to arrive early, stay longer, or make this part of a more involved East-Coast trip.) Savannah is a fourth-tier airport with limited capacity, which makes it difficult (and expensive!) to get flights in and out of the city, especially during its major annual festival. To address the problem, we are flying into and out of Charleston, SC, which has greater capacity and prices that are significantly lower. We're further addressing air travel costs by catching a "red eye" on the departure evening of March 14 to get the lowest fares. (If you really hate the idea of a night flight, Tom can work with you to find other options departing on March 15, though pricing will be higher.) Finding our brand-new midtown hotel was actually a bit of a coup for Tom; we thought it likely that we'd end up near the airport well outside of town, but "Tommy Talker" got us a great price in a much better location. Still, hotel space during festival time is not cheap and that adds to the cost.

To help address the higher trip price, we are offering a substantial Early Booking Discount (see details below). In addition, we are booking air flights NOW to snap up tickets before prices rise.

We are offering an Air/Land Package and a Land Only Package for this trip. Both packages include the same hotel and amenities; the only difference is air transportation and transfers to and from the airport. As always, you are welcome to make your own travel arrangements if you prefer. TBGO members making their own travel arrangements are responsible for transportation to/from Savannah, housing, and transportation to/from the parade staging area. If you are traveling on your own, please use the sign-up link (there will be a "self-drive" option for you in the survey) so we know you're coming.

Adults family members are welcome to join the trip (sorry, no children).

In accordance with the TBGO Rooming Policy, you MUST submit a VERIFIED rooming list with the names of all roommates if you choose a Triple or Quad room. "Verified" means that you need to make sure that your proposed roommates agree with the list; you don't get to just list random people and hope for the best! Please see the TBGO Rooming Policy for details on the policy, including information about adding your name to, or seeking roommates from, the Available Roommate List.

Pricing shown is per-person for various rooming configurations. Air/Land package air portion is based upon airfares at time of printing and subject to change. Air/Land package cost shown is for departure from and return to PDX; costs from other cities varies depending upon available airfares. SAVANNAH ST. PATRICK'S DAY TRIP IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

Pricing for Savannah St. Patrick's Day Trip
Room Type Air / Land Package Land Only Package
Single $1814.00 $1424.00
Double $1296.00 $906.00
Triple* $1124.00 $734.00
Quad* $1037.00 $647.00

       *See TBGO Rooming Policy

Air / Land Package and Land Only Package both include:

Air / Land Package includes all of the above plus:

SAVANNAH ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE TRIP IS NON-REFUNDABLE. You may wish to consider purchasing Travel Insurance to protect yourself in case of accident, illness, or other factors that preclude you from completing the trip; see details below.\

Payments to Reserve Your Travel Package

TO RESERVE THE AIR/LAND PACKAGE:  Payment of approximately $590 per person is required by October 20, 2016. The includes a $200 deposit for the land portion of the package plus the cost of your airline ticket (currently $390). You may supply credit card information as part of your signup via Survey Monkey, or provide payment or credit card information directly to Travel by Tom Higham. Balance of trip cost is due by December 31, 2016.

TO RESERVE THE LAND ONLY PACKAGE: Payment of $200 per person is required by October 20, 2016 as a deposit for the land portion of the package.You may supply credit card information as part of your signup via Survey Monkey, or provide payment or credit card information directly to Travel by Tom Higham. Balance of trip cost is due by December 31, 2016.

Signups after October 20, 2016 will be accepted based on availability, with pricing likely to change as airfares change.

Early Booking Discount

The TBGO Board is pleased to announce an Early Booking Discount of $100 for all TBGO band associates who have been an ongoing part of the TBGO performance team, including musicians, auxiliary unit members, banner carriers, flag carriers, hydration (water) team, and other regular support staff. You must sign up for the trip by October 20, 2016 to receive the Early Booking Discount. Early Booking Discount is not available for family members who do not perform with the band or band associates who have not performed with the band before October 1, 2016. The Early Booking Discount is available for both the Air/Land and Land Only packages; it lowers the prices in the Trip Pricing section above by $100 and will be applied at the time of final payment for your trip.

Travel Insurance

TBGO travel packages (like most travel packages everywhere) are non-refundable. To protect yourself in case of problems that prevent or interrupt your travel, you may wish to consider purchasing travel insurance. TBGO travelers may optionally elect to purchase the Worldwide Trip Protector policy from Travel Insured International when signing up for this trip.

Trip cancellations can happen at any age, though the likelihood of health problems increases as we age. Travel insurance also protects you should you need to change travel plans because a family member develops health issues. Your policy protects you against such things as Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Missed Connection, Itinerary Change, Travel Delay, Accident & Sickness Medical Expense, Emergency Medical Evacuation/Repatriation (Air Ambulance), Travel Accident Protection, Baggage & Personal Effects and Delayed Baggage. Additional coverage details are available at this link.

The premium for travel insurance varies by cost of trip and your age. Use this chart to determine your insurance premium. Find the row of the chart that shows your trip cost, then slide across to the column with your age; the figure in the intersection is your cost to insure this trip. NOTE: Insurance pricing may vary slightly as this may not be the most current insurance table.

Many people do not understand the value of travel insurance until certain things happen, such as having to cancel their trip due to illness, injury or death type reasons to themselves or other family members that would prevent them from taking a trip they have planned on going.  Or, someone may need to cancel in the middle of their trip and come home early for similar reasons. You may believe that your home owner or other insurance may protect your investment if you are forced to cancel your trip, but typically it does not.  Please note that the cancellation and trip interruption protection of the plan priced in the travel insurance chart above covers only documented illness, injury, and death.  Those who desire expanded coverage (e.g., due to work related reasons, or for any reason whatever) can be insured using another policy type through Travel Insured International at additional cost; please contact Travel by Tom Higham with your needs.

To be sure you are fully covered, especially for pre-existing reasons, you must purchase your travel insurance within 21 days of your deposit (best to do it at the same time you are making your trip deposit so that way you know you have it handled). You will be offered an opportunity to purchase travel insurance when filling out the Survey Monkey sign-up for the trip.

Travel Assistance Program Awards

We anticipate making several awards to prospective travelers under the TBGO Travel Assistance Program (TAP). The Travel Assistance Program was established to help TBGO field the best possible band at major events by expanding the range of Band Associates who can travel with the band. Band associates whose ability to travel is constrained by financial considerations are encouraged to apply for a TAP Award. Click here for further information about the program, including details on how to apply for a TAP Award. For the San Antonio trip:

  • Travel Assistance Program Applications are due by Thursday October 13, 2016;
  • The Minimum Acceptable Travel Budget is $700 for the Air / Land Package or $300 for the Land Only Package (see the program details for an explanation of Minimum Acceptable Travel Budget).

Please note:

  • Travel Award applicants may not elect to extend their trip; i.e., the cannot alter the dates of the standard trip.
  • Travel Award recipients are responsible for deposits and other payments at the time of trip reservation as specified in the section on Trip Pricing and Options. The Travel Award (i.e., the band's portion of the total trip cost) will be paid when final payments are due, not at the time of the initial reservation and deposit.
  • Band Associates are not eligible to receive both a TAP Award and the Early Booking Discount. A Band Associate who receives a TAP Award will pay the full amount of his/her Proposed Travel Budget since the EBD is "baked into" the TAP Award. Example: If a Proposed Travel Budget of $700 is accepted, then the traveler will pay $700 (not $600) and the band travel fund defrays the remainder of the travel package price.
  • Travel Award applications will be kept confidential by the TBGO Board.
  • The TBGO Board respectfully requests that Travel Award recipients maintain confidentiality about the details of any award.

To apply for a Travel Award:

  • Decide whether you wish to reserve the Air / Land Package or the Land Only Package.
  • Decide on the amount of your Proposed Travel Budget (be sure it meets or exceeds the minimum specified above).
  • Use the Survey Monkey signup link below to reserve your trip. As part of the signup process you will have the opportunity to request a Travel Award and specify the amount of your Proposed Travel Budget.
  • If you'd like to specify additional information to help the Board with its Travel Award deliberations, you may specify it in the "Anything else to tell us?" portion of the Survey Monkey signup, or you may send a separate email to Ham Thorne (ham@tbgo.org).

If a requested Travel Award is not available, we will ensure that you are not responsible for a travel reservation that you cannot afford. With that in mind, if you apply for a Travel Award and the Award is not granted, your trip reservation will be CANCELLED and your credit card WILL NOT BE CHARGED for a travel deposit.

If you are interested in donating to the Travel Assistance Program to help fund TAP Grants, see the Travel Assistance Program entry under Support the Band on the TBGO home page or click here to go directly to the TAP Donation page.

Sign Up for the 2017 Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade Trip

Use the Survey Monkey link below to sign up for the trip. If you are planning to make your own travel arrangements, please use the same link to let us know that you will be at the event so that we know who to expect at the performance events.

If you are reserving a Triple or Quad room, please be sure you have a verified rooming list BEFORE you sign up (see TBGO Rooming Policy).

Click here to sign up via Survey Monkey


Signups after October 20, 2016 will be accepted based on availability,
with pricing likely to change as airfares change.


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:

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) --



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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