The Beat Goes On Marching Band Performance Schedule

2017 Performances

We're only getting started, but here's what's already on the books for 2017 - undoubtedly many more still to come!

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 24, 2017

French American School
Mardi Gras Parade
(Portland, OR)

You know what'd be fun? A Mardi Gras parade with a bunch of little kids and a slightly crazy marching band. Well, guess what -- that's what's happening today at the French American International School. At 9 AM, TBGO will step off and lead a procession starting at the nearby firehouse on NW Johnson St and finishing at the school. Immediately afterward we head into the school gym to play some tunes. Hey, for once we're expecting the audience to dance more than the band! <grin>
Feb 28, 2017
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") and TBGO will join them for the first time in 2017. 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.
March 17 2017

We're heading for a new corner of the USA! TBGO makes its first excursion to the Southeast to be part of the third largest St Patrick's Day Parade in the world! With a history going back to 1824, this parade has a great pedigree, with hundreds of thousands expected to line the parade route. We'll be "a-wearin' o' the green" when the parade steps off at 10:15 AM.

April 6, 2017
Business Expo
West 2017

(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? This year 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 8, 2017

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 29, 2017
82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
(Portland, OR)

CANCELLED for 2017 because of threats to a parade unit

For its eleventh year, the 82nd "Avenue of Roses" Parade kicks off the Portland parade season and we plan to be there! Parade steps off at 10 AM at Eastport Plaza (82nd Ave & Holgate) and wends its way north along 82nd Ave to Portland Community College Southeast Center and thence to 78th Ave & Yamhill. Following the parade, come back to Eastport Plaza for a full dose of TBGO fun - we've got a great show planned for you starting at 1 PM. Shake the "winter sleep" off your bones and c'mon out to properly welcome the spring!

May 20 2017
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 R. at 10:30 AM and proceeds south along River Rd to Glynbrook.
May 29 2017
Birthday Party
Someone special is turning 98 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
Corporate Meeting
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!!!
June 21, 2017

Fête de la Musique
(Portland, OR)

It's a full day of music celebration at the French American International School and we get to be part of it! We'll kick things off with a mini-parade beginning at 1:30 PM and follow up with our latest selection of fun tunes out on the soccer fields. There will be other bands and individuals making music as well, so stop by for a nice investment in your summer solstice!
June 24, 2017

Ace Hotel 10th Anniversary Celebration
(Portland, OR)

The Ace Hotel (1022 SW Stark St) is celebrating 10 years of welcoming guests to a cozy stay in Portland: "We’ve got bikes, booze, coffee and dogs. People say they like staying with us and we believe them." Sounds like a great excuse for a party and we're delighted to be part of it! We'll lead a mini-parade from the Crystal Ballroom to the Ace Hotel beginning around 6 PM and then stick around to play some tunes to keep the energy level high. Join the celebration!
July 4, 2017 (Tue)

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 8, 2017 (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 12, 2017 (Thu)
(Portland, OR)

Wew do a great show with something for all ages. Today we're heading for Mirabella Portland for a 7:30 PM show on the 5th Floor Terrace.

July 20, 2017 (Thu)
The Quarry
Senior Living
(Vancouver, WA)

Time to have some fun with our Neighbors to the North! (No, not Canada - Vancouver!) We'lll be dropping by The Quarry Senior Living at 6:30 PM for a rousing 1 hour show. Join us -- or better yet, drop us an email and bring TBGO to YOUR favorite spot!

July 21 , 2017 (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 at 6 PM at Softball Field #5 of the Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation Department's Howard M. Terpenning Complex (15707 SW Walker Rd). Join the walkers or just hang with us for some fun music!


Relay for Life
July 22 , 2017 (Sat)

Wow - 25 Years of the Division / Clinton Street Fair & Parade! Join the fine folks in Southeast Portland for vendors, food, music and fun at SE 26th and Clinton and on side streets all around the area.  Local businesses will also be hosting great sidewalk sales and activities. And oh, did we mention there's a parade??? It steps off at 10:45 AM at SE 43rd and SE Division and heads toward 28th and Clinton. See you there!


July 29 , 2017 (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!

August 1, 2017
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!
August 5, 2017

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 12, 2017
Astoria Regatta Days Grand Land Parade
(Astoria, OR)

Astoria Regatta Days is the oldest continuous festival west of the Rockies. TBGO will be there for the 121st 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 13, 2017

TBGO will most likely NOT appear at the Bridge Pedal this year; the organizers are still sorting out changes required by the changes to coverage of major events by Portland police.

In case you hadn't noticed, Portland is a bicyclin' kind of town. Each year, the Providence Bridge Pedal gives bikers and opportunity to ride all of Portland's bridges in one day, including the top decks of the Fremont and Marquam bridges. TBGO will be around the start and finish lines for most of the morning, so ride on out and catch some tunes!

Aug 19, 2017
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! 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 23, 2017
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 sixth 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!

Sept 9, 2017
Royal Rosarians Prime Minister's Ball
(Portland, OR)
It's always a pleasure to meet up with the Royal Rosarians, and it doesn't get much better than this. We're shinin' up our shoes for this gala appearance at the Prime Minister's Ball!
Sep 15, 2017
Lunchtime Concert
(Florence, OR)

TBGO is loading up the motor coaches and heading for Southern Oregon! We kick off the tour with a joint standstill concert in the heart of Florence's Old Town with local area bands from Siuslaw High School (Vikings) and Mapleton High School (Sailors).

Sep 16, 2017
Steve Prefontaine Run
(Coos Bay, OR)

Now in its 38th year, the Steve Prefontaine Run got its start when a group of Coos Bay citizens decided it was time that Steve Prefontaine's hometown did something to honor its favorite son. A commemorative monument was placed adjacent to the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, displaying a bronze likeness of Pre and a list of all his American records held at the time of his death in May 1975. Nearby, at the Coos Art Museum, the Prefontaine Memorial Gallery holds the permanent collection of Steve's awards and memorabilia, as well as numerous photographs highlighting his illustrious running career. We'll be there this year to help urge the runners on!

Sep 16, 2017
Bay Area Fun Festival Parade
(Portland, OR)

"The greatest last party of the summer" wouldn't be complete without a parade and we wanna be part of it! Come on down to downtown Coos Bay at 1 PM and join us in celebrating!

Sep 16, 2017
Fun Festival Concert
(Portland, OR)

We conclude our Southern Oregon tour with a joint standstill concert with Marshfield High School and North Bend High School. Time and location still TBD. 

Sep 23, 2017
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 second visit to St Johns to join the Roosevelt High Band in their Homecoming Parade. This year the parade moves to Saturday! Beginning at noon from Roosevelt High (6941 N Central), the parade rolls west on N Lombard St, turns right on New York Ave, then right again on N Central St to head back toward campus. Go Rough Riders!!!

Oct 8, 2017
Wedding Reception
(Portland, OR)

We LOVE weddings and here's our chance to help celebrate a special day for some nice folks!

Oct 15, 2017
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
(Portland, OR)

(Date tentative; TBGO participation in this event is still tentative)

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 through the North Pearl District. Registration begins at 8:30 AM at The Fields Park (NW 11th Ave & NW Overton St); walk steps off at 10 AM.

Nov 9, 2017

What better way to kick off your holiday season than watching the arrival of Portland's 75-foot Douglas fir to Portland's Living Room, Pioneer Courthouse Square? We'll be there, so come on down! We'll be escorting the tree up SW 6th Avenue, arriving at Noon for a short program in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free admission. Be jolly!!!

Nov 11, 2017

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 9:45 AM and proceeds from NE 40th and Hancock to NE 48th and Sandy.

Nov 24, 2017
Macy's Holiday Parade
(Portland, OR)

EVENT CANCELLED -- We're sad that Macy's has announed that they are unable to continue sponsoring Portland's Holiday Parade. We're holding onto the date in case someone else is able to step in! The parade was a favorite of ours for a looong time; in fact, this was the parade at which we married off two of our band members back in 2003. Sigh!

Dec 2, 2017
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 9, 2017

(TBGO participation in this event is still tentative)

Prior reports to the contrary, Keizer WILL be holding a holiday parade this year and TBGO will trek down the valley to be part of it. 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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