The Beat Goes On Marching Band Performance Schedule

2019 Performances

We're still building the 2019 schedule, but here's a tentative list - undoubtedly many more still to come!
Some dates still subject to change.


Feb 9,

Portland Winter Lights Festival Lantern Parade
(Portland, OR)

2019 marks the 4th annual Portland Winter Light Festival, a city-wide event showcasing illuminated art installations, vibrant performances, and stunning kinetic fire sculptures throughout our city. The Festival is family-friendly, free to attend, and open to everyone. TBGO will be joining the Lantern Parade marching up the Waterfront and over the Hawthorne Bridge beginning at 6:30 pm. Bundle up and celebrate the power of light and community with us!

Valentine's Day
March 5, 2019
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. Mardi Gras
March 13, 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 from the flagpole at the front of the school to the nearby firehouse on NW Johnson St and back to the flagpole. 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>
Mar 17, 2019

Northeast Portland is throwing its 30th 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!

St Patrick's Day
Corporate Event

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!!!

April 4, 2019
Business Expo
West 2019

(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 27, 2019
82nd Avenue of Roses Parade
(Portland, OR)

For its twelfth year, the 82nd "Avenue of Roses" Parade kicks off the Portland parade season and we plan to be there! Parade steps off at 9:30 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 18, 2019
What's better than a scenic cruise on Lake Coeur d'Alene? How about a scenic cruise accompanied by a marching band performance! TBGO boards the Mish-an-Nock for a fun-filled 90-minute cruise on the lake and our first-ever performance in the State of Idaho. Join us for a cruise you won't forget! The Mish-an-Nock departs the Lake Coeur d'Alene Cruises dock at 10:00 AM. Not yet confirmed, but we are working on putting together a show on "the world's largest floating boardwalk" shortly after we return to the dock at 11:30 am.
May 18, 2019
The Spokane Lilac Festival will be celebrating its 81st year of bringing the largest Torchlight Military Parade in the nation to the streets of downtown Spokane. Featuring bands, floats, military and equestrian groups, drill teams and dancers, cars, and more, this event is fun for the entire community, no matter what your age, no matter how long you have lived in Spokane. TBGO makes its first-ever visit to the Festival, which steps off at 7:45 PM.
May 21, 2019
Birthday Celebration

We've got a two-for-one birthday celebration planned for today. Imagine a lucky someone celebrating a special birthday... and TBGO pops out of the cake! Well, not literally -- but give us a call and we promise a memorable celebration! The music starts at 6:30 PM at Garden Home Rec Center.

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!!!

Happy Birthday!
June 14, 2019
Retirement Party

You could get a watch and a cake. Or like one lucky person we'll visit today, you might get an energy-infused marching band to celebrate the end of one great career and the beginning of your next phase. Which sounds better??? (Hint: He/She already has a watch ...) Oh, and you can absolutely still add the cake <grin!>.

Drop us a note and we'll make your retirement, birthday, anniversary, graduation, or other celebration special!!!

Happy Retirement!
June 15, 2019

What's better than heading out to the beach? Why, heading out to the beach for a parade! Waldport has been celebrating Beachcomber Days for 63 years, but this will be TBGO's first visit. The parade steps off at Noon on Saturday, but there are plenty of other activities including live music, car show, vendors, and an arts market. We're just sorry we'll miss the slug races on Sunday ... but you should definitely check out the race rules whether or not you can attend!

Happy Retirement!
June 19,

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 29, 2019
Wedding Parade
(Portland, OR)

We LOVE weddings and guarantee that a marching band will make your wedding unforgettable. We'll be joining one lucky couple today for a post-ceremony parade as they and their guests head from the ceremony to the reception. Bells are ringing!!!

July 4, 2019 (Thu)

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! Fourth of July
July 20, 2019

Each year in the third week of July, Fairbanks residents cut loose in honor of their Gold Rush history during a five-day festival called Golden Days. Bank managers dress up as sourdough miners, waitress don "floozy" outfits, and most of the city turns out for races, parades, and great food. It's a great time to meet locals—who are in a festive, social mood—and to be swept up in a big Alaskan event. The five-day festival began in 1952 when the Chamber of Commerce decided to honor Fairbanks' Gold Rush and its proud mining tradition. Felix Pedro, a young Italian immigrant, started the rush in 1902 with a gold strike in the foothills outside town, proclaiming "There's gold in them there hills." Today, the town collectively celebrates this exciting time with Golden Days, declared one of the country's top 100 events by Destination Magazine. TBGO makes its first Alaskan appearance in the largest and longest parade in the state, stepping off at 10 AM complete with some 100 floats, marching bands from across the state, and residents dressed in Gold Rush costumes.

Also keep an eye out for us later in the day -- we're working on plans for a show in the downtown area following the parade.

Golden Days
July 30, 2019
Stage Show aboard
Island Princess

(Cruising the Alaska Inside Passage)

On July 24, the band boards the Princess Cruise Lines ship Island Princess and heads south for Vancouver, BC. July 30 is our "day at sea" and we're planning a special show aboard ship for our fellow travelers. There's nothing better than a captive audience! <grin>

We're also looking at putting together a show or two in ports of call along the way; watch this page for more information as shows get scheduled.

Aug 3, 2019

The Gladstone Community Festival began as the Chautauqua Festival in 1894.  Now, 125 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 perform in Max Patterson Park immediately following the parade.

Gladstone Community Festival
Aug 6, 2019
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 10, 2019
Astoria Regatta Days Grand Land Parade
(Astoria, OR)

TBGO appearance still tentative:

Astoria Regatta Days is the oldest continuous festival west of the Rockies. Join us for the 123rd 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 14, 2019
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 EIGHTH 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 17, 2019
Multnomah Days Parade
(Portland, OR)

TBGO appearance still tentative:

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 20, 2019
(Portland, OR)

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

Aug 23
Sept 2, 2019
Oregon State Fair
(Salem , OR)

There's no better way to cap off the summer of 2019 than a day at the Fair. Or heck, maybe even two days ... or even eleven. We'll be in Salem throughout the run of the 2019 Orego State Fair. Where better to "Find Your Fun"? If you're walking along the promenade and hear something odd behind you -- take a look, it's probably us on parade! Check out the livestock, ride some rides, eat stuff that's not good for you, and we'll see you in Salem.

Sept 6, 2019

West Hills Health & Rehabilitation
Tailgate Party
(Portland, OR)


What's a tailgate party without music? (Answer: Food!) Anyway, getting back to the point: West Hills Health & Rehabilition Center is throwing a tailgate party at Noon and TBGO will be there to help liven things up.


Oct 13?, 2019

TBGO appearance and performance date 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.

Nov 8, 2019

TBGO appearance and performance date still tentative:

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 to warm up the crowd beginning at 11:30 am and sticking around until 1pm. Be jolly!!!

Nov 11, 2019

Join TBGO at the Ross Hollywood Veterans Day Parade in Portland's Hollywood District as we honor our veterans. Parade steps off at 9:30 AM and proceeds from NE 40th and Hancock to NE 48th and Sandy. Following the parade, join us at the Veterans Day ceremony where the parade ends at Ross Hollywood Chapel.

Dec 7, 2019
Garden Home Rec Center Holiday Bazaar
(Portland, OR)

Date still tentative:

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 14, 2019

TBGO appearance and performance date still tentative:

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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