Event Information for Band Members

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Date Event
October 4, 2020 Jacobson Birthday Party Video
  Long-Term Travel Plans
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Jacobson Birthday Parade - Sun Oct 4, 2020

THIS IS A SMALL BAND EVENT. Please attend ONLY if you've been specifically invited by Steve.

Plan of the Day:   Katie Jacobson is our client for this one, and we're celebrating her husband's 40th birthday (she says he's a fan of marching bands). Katie is bringing her spouse to Woodstock Park for their regular park outing, except they'll be met in the park by a few friends for a birthday celebration. Surprise! Then later on ... a band comes marching across the park right to the party - BIGGER surprise! We'll arrive, do a 15 minute set, and then head back where we came from.

CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS:   It's important for us to reduce the risk of Coronavirus infection, both for ourselves and for our clients. "New virus outbreak traced to marching band" is not the kind of publicity we want! With that in mind, be sure to MAINTAIN 6' SOCIAL DISTANCING when we gather and throughout the event. (Yes, this means our concert formation will be more spread out, which means you'll need to LISTEN AND WATCH.) FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED at all times when we are not performing. Although it will be tempting to hang out and catch up friends following our performance, I recommend that we all just head for home. We can keep doing these small band events only if everyone stays safe and healthy!

Water:   We will NOT have hydration folks at this gig (for obvious reasons, once you think about it!). You may want to bring a water bottle.

Uniform:   INFORMAL uniform: TBGO polo shirt, TBGO hat, black shorts/belt, white socks, white shoes. NOTE: We'll watch the weather as Oct 4 approaches and modify as needed.

Parking:   Park near the intersection of SE Ellis St and SE 48th Ave (map and directions), then follow the directions below under Meet. There should be plenty of on-street parking.

Meet:   At 4:10 PM in the courtyard of Woodstock Elementary School, Portland. After parking, make your way through the fence opening on the east side of SE Ellis St near SE 48th Ave toward Woodstock Elementary (see photo below). Then bear left around the building with the blue door in the general direction of the big red smokestack (see photo and yellow line on map). Follow the paved path to the large paved courtyard in the middle of the school buildings (see map). Please DO NOT PLAY while gathering since we are near the Performance Area and this is a surprise.

Performance:   We'll begin our performance at 4:30 PM. After forming up in school courtyard, we'll parade (blue line on map) to our performance spot, which is under some big trees near the intersection of SE 50th Ave and SE Insley St. We'll play our show set (below), then leave using the tag to Uptown Funk. Please be sure to read the note under UPTOWN FUNK below to see how this will work.

Parade Tunes:

  1. Fireball
  2. Venus
  3. Uptown Funk (on departure; see note below)
  4. We will also use the TBGO cadence ("The beat goes on ...")

Show Set List:

Bang Bang

Sweet Caroline

Dancing in the Street


Happy Birthday

Uptown Funk (see following note for departure plan)

UPTOWN FUNK NOTES: Here's how we will LEAVE the performance area. We'll finish our set with Uptown Funk, played as we normally do. Then immediately move back into parade formation (if we've changed to concert formation). Steve will blow four whistles and we immediately (no roll-off) start playing Uptown Funk at measure 43 and briskly march back to where we started. We'll talk about this in staging, but wanted you to have a heads-up.

Long-Term Travel Plans

Major Road Trips

The Board talks with members informally to get travel ideas, and there's no shortage of fun things to do. We've built a long-term travel plan using these criteria:

Regional Trips and Mini-Trips

Besides our annual "big road trip", we make a conscious effort to broaden our reach in regional events. This will certainly include day trips, but we'd also love to add one or two "mini-trips" 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 have lower cost. Examples of mini-trips that we've done include the Autumn Leaf Festival in Leavenworth (WA), Wenatchee Appleblossom Festival, Pendleton Round-Up, Medford Pear Blossom Festival, White Rock (BC) Sea Festival, and Rogers Santa Claus Parade (Vancouver, BC).

Active Travel Plan

In October 2018 the TBGO Board unveiled a new multi-year travel plan at the annual TBGO Birthday Party, including both regional and major national/international trips through 2024.

UPDATE:  Based on interest poll results, we have decided that we will NOT travel to Yakima Sunfair in September 2019. We are keeping this event on the list for possible travel in the future.

Click the grid at right for a one-page summary of the plan.  
If you are on PC or Mac, click the cover slide at right to launch a self-running slide show with details of the plan and its trips. It may take a bit for the presentation to start running since it's large (48 MB). Once it launches, you can advance through it using mouse, space bar, enter key, arrow keys, etc.
If you are on a phone, tablet, or other such device, click on the PDF version at right. It loses the lovely animations and transitions, but at least you can see all the text!


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