The Beat Goes On Marching Band Performance Schedule

2018 Performances

We're still building the 2018 schedule, but here's a tentative list - undoubtedly many more still to come!
Some dates still subject to change.

Feb 13, 2018
Laissez les bons temps roulez! The Mysti Krewe of Nimbus organizes a family-friendly Mardi Gras Parade every year ("the last Mardi Gras Parade in America"). TBGO was part of this event for the first time in 2017 and returns to the scene of the crime for another year <grin>. Parade steps off at 7 PM at Victoria Bar, 4835 N Albina Ave, and heads south on Albina and Mississippi Avenue to Ecliptic Brewing at 825 N Cook.
Feb 14, 2017

Valentine Surprise!
(Portland, OR)

Balloons are festive. Chocolate is yummy. Flowers are lovely. But a marching band? That says "I love you and EVERYBODY is gonna know"!

If this sounds like a fun idea, drop us a note; we'll serenade your sweetie in a way he/she will not soon forget! Book early to be sure we'll have a band available!

Feb 20, 2018
Corporate Event

Sshhhh! It's a surprise!!!!!!

Business meetings can be both important AND enjoyable! Liven up your next event with an appearance by The Beat Goes On. Your team will enjoy it, and we guarantee that they'll be MUCH more awake than usual after we've finished <grin>! Drop us a note and we'll make your business meeting, grand opening, board meeting, or event kickoff special!!!

Mar 17, 2018

Murphy's Furniture produces this parade every year as a thank you to the Washington County community and a symbol of the hope brought with Spring. This year the parade is preceded by TVW's First Annual Charity Fun Run/Walk for people of All Abilities. Both eventss begin at Hare Field in Hillsboro, with the run heading out at 10:30 AM and the parade following at 11 AM.

Mar 18, 2018

Northeast Portland is throwing its 29th annual parade for St Patrick's Day (read the story of this quirky event here). We'll head west from Fernwood/Cleary School (NE 33rd & Hancock) at 1 PM. Huzzah for neighborhood parades!

April 5, 2018
Business Expo
West 2018

(Beaverton, OR)

Business Expo West presents "an amazing community experience with business opportunities, networking, training, music, food, fun!" Guess who's gonna help with at least three of those at west Portland's premier trade show? We'll open the show at 1 PM with a few of our current favorites to kick things off. Then drop by our booth to learn more about the band and what it can do for YOUR business. Learn more and register right here.

April 7, 2018

Daffodil Festival
(Puyallup, WA
Sumner, WA )

We love a parade, so how could we NOT love the opportunity for multiple parades in one go?!?!?! The Daffodil Festival has been going strong in Washington State since 1934, with (wait for it) FOUR back-to-back parades in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting. Even we don't have that much stamina, so look for us in the Puyallup and Sumner parades. Puyallup steps off at 12:45 PM, Sumner at 2:30 PM. Oooooooooooo, look at all the purty flowers!!!!

April 20 2018
Bloemencorso Bollenstreek
(Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands)
TBGO makes its first European excursion with a trip to the Netherlands! Bloemencorso Bollenstreek is one of the world's largest floral parades, traveling from Noordwijkerhout to Haarlem over the course of two days. Besides being the only event of this calibre that occurs in the springtime, it is the only parade that is constructed and composed of bulb flowers such as hyacinths, tulips and daffodils. For this reason, the Flower Parade of the Bollenstreek is known as the face of spring, as no other parade can come close to the unique spring colours and perfumes that surround this one.

The procession consists of about twenty floats and over forty luxurious and special vehicles richly decorated with flowers. TBGO looks forward to joining the illuminated segment of the parade traveling through Noorwijkerhout on Friday evening!

April 21 2018
Bloemencorso Bollenstreek
(Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands)
The Flower Parade continues all day Saturday with 8 more parade segments traveling from Voorhout to Haarlem. TBGO joins the segment beginning in Sassenheim at 2 PM and ending in Lisse a couple hours later for another fabulous day of parading!


April 22 2018
Slot Zuylen
(Oud-Zuilen, Netherlands)
We get to play at a castle!!! TBGO has been invited to join Cultural Sunday at Slot Zuylen, an 18th century castle complete with mote on the outskirts of Utrech, The Netherlands. We're especially delighted because Utrecht is a Friendship City with Portland. Show kicks off at 2:30 PM.
May 3, 2018
(Lucerne, Switzerland)
The Kurplatz sits on the shore of Lake Lucerne, so we'll have a great view while we perform! Join us out in front of the bandshell beginning at 3:30 PM for a rousing TBGO show!


May 19 2018
The folks in Keizer happily proclaim "Everyone loves a parade!" and boy do we agree. Colorful floats, lively marching bands, talented youth performers, proud equestrians, shiny classic cars, and thousands of spectators make this a not-to-be-missed annual event. Come early for the best seat! Parade begins at the corner of Lockhaven and River Road at 10:30 AM and proceeds south along River Rd to Glynbrook.
May 28 2018
Birthday Party
Someone special is turning 99 years young ... and we're gonna pop out of the cake! Well, not literally -- but we WILL be there to celebrate. We promise a memorable celebration! Bring the band to your party (or better still, surprise a friend!) and we guarantee a birthday they won't soon forget. We'll play, we'll sing, we'll dance -- it'll be a blast. Drop us a note and we'll make your birthday, anniversary, graduation, or other celebration special!!!
Gladstone Community Festival
June 11, 2018
Festival of Flowers
(Portland, OR)
The Festival of Flowers celebration kicks off June 1st in the heart of Downtown Portland. This year’s design, oFISHially GORGEous, aims to raise awareness for conservation of Oregon's natural landscapes and the responsibility to protect these great places. The single Douglas fir tree represents the devastation of forest fires and the resiliency of the landscape to regenerate. TBGO will be there on June 11 to liven up lunch hour beginning at High Noon. Play your cards right and we might even show you our brick in the Square. Come out and play!
June 13, 2018 (Wed)

Garden Home Recreation Center is "home base" for TBGO since we rehearse there year-round. GHRC is holding a Community Night with food and fun for families in the area. We'll be there at 7 PM to help provide some extra "zing". Come by starting at 5:00 PM for eats), popcorn, sno-cones, bouncy house, and trombones!!!

June 16, 2018
Juneteenth Oregon
(Portland, OR)
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free -- two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Oregon's Juneteenth celebration kicks off with the Clara Peoples Freedom Trail Parade beginning at 11 AM from the Wells Fargo Bank parking lot at 5730 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and proceeding down MLK to Legacy Emanuel Field at N Williams & N Graham. TBGO will also play a 40 minute show at the Field shortly after the parade.
June 28, 2018 (Thu)
The Springs at Tanasbourne
(Hillsboro, OR)

We think The Springs at Tanasbourne knows how to party -- hey, they invited us didn't they? <grin> We'll be in Magnolia Park right behind The Springs beginning at 7 PM, joining a fundraiser for Parkinson's disease plus other fun activities. C'mon by!

July 4, 2018 (Wed)

Hood River Fourth of July Parade
(Hood River, OR)

It's Independence Day! We're off to Hood River for a return visit to a great celebration of the Fourth, sponsored by the Lions Club. Parade steps off through downtown at 10 AM, ending at Jackson Park. We'll also get the afternoon festivities at Jackson Park kicked off with the National Anthem around Noon, followed immediately by a stage show featuring patriotic tunes and other TBGO favorites. See you in the Gorge!
July 14, 2018 (Sat)

99% of the hazelnuts produced in the United States come from Oregon -- a darn fine thing to celebrate! Donald does it with a classic car cruise-in, BBQ cook-off, your favorite eats, plenty of booths for shopping, and of course a PARADE! We'll be part of the parade (which begins at 11 AM), followed by a standstill show beginning around 12:45 PM. You'd be nuts not to celebrate with us!

July 20, 2018 (Fri)
Beaverton Relay for Life
(Beaverton, OR)

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer, uniting communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. TBGO will help kick off this year's Beaverton event. Join the walkers or just hang with us for some fun music!


Relay for Life
July 28, 2018 (Sat)

Newberg throws a great party and a fun parade! The Grand Parade steps off at 10 AM, then stop by Memorial Park for our post-parade show (time TBD). Let's have a little old-fashioned fun!

Aug 4, 2018

The Gladstone Community Festival began as the Chautauqua Festival in 1894.  Now, 123 years later, this event continues to bring Gladstone together to celebrate summer with a wide array of entertainment and events. Parade steps off at 10 AM from Gladstone High School and heads down and around Portland Avenue, ending at Max Patterson Park. TBGO will also be performing in Max Patterson Park immediately following the parade.

Gladstone Community Festival
Aug 7, 2018
Bridlemile Neighborhood
National Night Out
(Portland, OR)

The Bridlemile Neighborhood Association hosts a National Night Out celebration with a picnic in Hamilton Park beginning about 6:00 PM. Since no one wants a quiet, pleasant picnic they've asked us to liven up the joint <grin!>. Hope to see all you folks from the Raleigh Hills area at the park!

Aug 11, 2018
Astoria Regatta Days Grand Land Parade
(Astoria, OR)

Astoria Regatta Days is the oldest continuous festival west of the Rockies. Join us for the 122nd installment. The crowd is always fabulous, the town's a fun place, and the salmon is tasty -- what's not to like?! The Grand Land Parade steps off at Noon through downtown Astoria.

Aug 15, 2018
PORTLAND'5 Noontime Showcase
(Portland, OR)

There's nothing better than live lunchtime music right on Broadway on a gorgeous Oregon summer day! PORTLAND'5 Center for the Arts hosts weekly performances in its Main Street space between the Arts complex and Arlene Schnitzer Hall and we're looking forward to what has quickly become one of our favorite gigs. This will be our seventh summer season to be part of the lunchtime scene. We'll fire up the band promptly at Noon for one of our high-energy, family-friendly shows. Stop by as The Beat Goes On in the heart of downtown!

Aug 18, 2018
Multnomah Days Parade
(Portland, OR)

If it's August, it must be time for the Biggest Little Parade in Oregon! We love the folks in Multnomah Village, and they've been kind enough to return the favor. We're definitely looking forward to a return visit! (In fact, we like this parade so much we've been doing it TWICE!!!)

Catch us in the parade (don't confuse us with the dogs in costume, please) and stick around afterward for our show in the heart of the Village.

Aug 24
Sept 3, 2018
Oregon State Fair
(Salem , OR)

We're going to the Fair!!! The Oregon State Fair has been around since 1862, but TBGO is making its first visit this year ... along with our second visit ... and third ... and eleventh. We'll be going "Where the Fun Shines" on all eleven days of this year's extravaganza. Check out the livestock, ride some rides, eat stuff that's not good for you, and we'll see you in Salem.

Sept 14, 2018
Roosevelt High Homecoming Parade
(Portland, OR)

Roosevelt High School is working to rebuild its music programs, which sounds like a great idea to us. To help build enthusiasm for a new band program, TBGO is making its fourth visit to St Johns to join the Roosevelt High Band in their Homecoming Parade. This year the parade moves to Friday afternoon. Beginning at 4:00 PM, the parade circles the Roosevelt High campus (6941 N Central), ending at the football field. Go Rough Riders!!!

Sept 22, 2018
PurpleStride Portland Walk to Defeat Pancreatic Cancer
(Portland, OR)

TBGO still tentative for this event.

How could we resist something called "PurpleStride"??? PurpleStride walks are among the largest sources of funding for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Opening ceremonies begin at 9 AM at the World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon St, with the 5K run/walk heading out at 9:30. TBGO will be at the finish line to welcome everyone back home again!

Sept 29, 2018

Founded in 1964 Leavenworth's Autumn Leaf Festival celebrates the turning colors of the Autumn Leaves. Together with the decision to adopt a Bavarian theme, the Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival was instrumental in turning Leavenworth into a thriving tourist destination. While we've been to Leavenworth, we've never made it for the Festival, so we're looking forward to a fun time! And who knows -- keep an eye out, we may turn up in the gazebo in the heart of downtown following the parade!

Wedding Reception
(Portland, OR)

We LOVE weddings and we guarantee that a marching band will make your wedding unforgettable. Give us a call!

Oct 13, 2018

TBGO still tentative for this event.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities. Every Making Strides event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer. Join TBGO as we pep up the walkers along the 5k non-competitive walk.

Nov 10, 2018
With a tradition stretching back to 1951, Albany hosts the largest Veterans Day Parade west of the Mississippi. TBGO joins over 200 other units in honoring the service of our veterans as the tradition continues. Parade steps off at 11 AM. (Image courtesy Hub Pages)
Nov 12, 2018

We'll be joining the Ross Hollywood Veterans Day Parade in Portland's Hollywood District to help honor our veterans. The Hollywood Veterans Mile will take place immediately before the parade; runners will join the parade carrying United States flags. Parade steps off at 9:30 AM and proceeds from NE 40th and Hancock to NE 48th and Sandy.

Dec 1, 2018
Garden Home Rec Center Holiday Bazaar
(Portland, OR)

Garden Home Rec Center throws a humongous holiday bazaar every year and we'll be part of it. This time we're not performing, but we WILL be out in full force to help staff the event. Browse the treats and treasure, come say hello -- and knock off TONS of your holiday shopping all at one time!

Dec 8, 2018

Keizer kicks off the Christmas season the way it oughta be done -- with a parade! TBGO will be there with bells on. The Holiday Spirit and plenty of LIGHTS will also be in full attendance, so let's CELEBRATE! Parade steps off along River Road beginning at 7 PM.

Stay tuned - new events get added to our calendar throughout the year!



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