Press Release Archives

The Beat Went On Across China, Through Downpours and Outpourings of Friendship:  Over mountains and valleys, despite a monsoon and the ever-present language barrier, The Beat Goes On Marching Band (TBGO) charmed thousands of Chinese from Shanghai to The Great Wall earlier this month. The all-adult marching band, based in Portland, has just returned from a 12-day tour which included stops in Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Beijing.
September 25, 2014
Heading Down the Drain (In a Good Way):  48 Steps to Glory? Five-foot sections of black plastic drainpipe? That (and more) is what's occupying the band in the last few days before we head for Shanghai. Click through for the full story!
September 2, 2014
Band Primed for Chinese Odyssey:  It’s nearly “Go time” for Portland’s Ambassadors of Fun. After 10 months of planning, numerous rehearsals and two dozen public performances, the band flies to China on Sep. 10 to represent the United States at the Shanghai Tourism Festival. Here's what the band is thinking as we prepare to hit the road.
August 27, 2014
Band Enters Home Stretch in its Race to Shanghai:  In China, 2014 is the Year of the Horse. In Portland, that horse – The Beat Goes On (TBGO) marching band – is rounding the clubhouse turn, headed for the finish line … which just happens to be in Shanghai.
August 18, 2014
Band, Baton, and Baseball Make Beautiful Music Together: Carlos Kalmar Strikes Up the Band for the Hillsboro Hops - On August 24, one of America’s outstanding maestros will stand not on a podium, but on a ball field. The ensemble he’ll be leading isn’t a group of symphony players … but the marching band equivalent of the Bad News Bears.
August 12, 2014
$50,000 State Department Grant Helps Band Cross the Pacific - A century ago, Portland’s association with Shanghai was underground and steeped in mystery. Come September, another band of Portlanders will be “Shanghaied” … but they can’t wait to go! “One of the best things," says music director Steve Tolopka, "is we’re getting a $50,000 assist from the U.S. Department of State.”
August 4, 2014
TBGO Twirlers Refuse to "Pass the Baton" - When Patti Waitman-Ingebretsen marches down SW Capitol Highway in the Aug. 16 Multnomah Days parade, it’ll be like strolling down memory lane. The Baton Captain for The Beat Goes On Marching Band (TBGO) began twirling 65 years ago, when her mom first took her to see the Portland Rose Festival Parade ...
July 29, 2014
Year of “More Smiles per Mile” Continues in Rhode Island - A performance-packed year continues for The Beat Goes On Marching Band (TBGO). The group is preparing for America’s oldest Independence Day celebration, some 2,500 miles from home.
June 26, 2014
Parade Season Brings a Call for New Members - You don’t have to be a lifelong musician to join in the fun. “I'm still working on a couple of people who say ‘It's been so long since I played.’ I always tell them that most of the current band members said the same thing before they joined,” says trumpeter Judy Lugar, one of TBGO’s best recruiters. “I tell them it comes back pretty easily and that practice makes perfect!"
May 8, 2014
Canby Festival Showcases Area’s Best Adult Bands - Nine bands, with players from across the region, will make a joyful noise in Canby on Saturday, Apr. 5 at the sixth-annual Oregon Adult Band Festival. The Festival features only adult bands, so don’t expect to see lots of tassled uniforms and teenaged drum majors.
March 29, 2014
It Takes Dough to Blow a Band All the Way to Shanghai - “The aim of the Expo is to ‘accelerate your business.’ We want to accelerate their heart rates since they’ll be expecting John Philip Sousa and we’ll hit ’em with Lady Gaga instead!”
March 26, 2014
The Road to Shanghai Starts in Portland - "What better goals can a bunch of band geeks have than to celebrate history in New England and make history in China?"
March 18, 2014
Portland Marching Band Bound for Calgary "Come Hell or High Water" - As Calgary works feverishly to dry out after disastrous flooding, TBGO departs for its performance at one of North America's premier band events, the Calgary Stampede Parade.
June 27, 2013
Historic Performance by All-Adult Marching Band Redefines "Rocking the House" - With a visit to the State Capitol, TBGO redefined "Rocking the House" and made a little Oregon history as the band became the largest group and the first marching band ever to perform at an Oregon House session opening.
May 6, 2013
Keeping the Beat for 2013 - Announcing TBGO's 2013 performance dates including opening ceremonies of the Oregon House at the State Capitol.
March 23, 2013
Portland Marching Band Shares Lifelong Love of Music with Bahamian Students - Nassau, Bahamas high school hosts TBGO for performance capped by joint rendition of Louie Louie with Bahamian students.
March 8, 2012