Trail Band hits Canby fine arts center stage
A wide array of musical types will treat audiences Friday night at the Richard R. Brown Fine Arts Center
Sounds of old-time Christmas will resonate throughout the Richard R. Brown Fine Arts Center as visitors are musically transported through time.
Something very popular is returning to Canby.
The Canby Music Boosters will hold the 20th annual production of "Christmas with the Trail Band" Friday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.
The Trail Band is an eight-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring five great vocalists including Quarterflash's Rindy Ross. Hundreds of public and private appearances across America and Japan, plus seven successful albums have established The Trail Band as the premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest. Cornet, tenor horn, tuba, fiddles, hammer dulcimer, guitars, penny whistle, mandolin, piano, saxophone, spoons, bones, drums, bass, and recorders combine with their rich vocal harmonies to create a diverse tapestry of sound.
Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students, kindergarten through 12th grade.
Tickets are available at Ultimate Team Spirit; 249 NW Second Ave; and online at canbytheatre.com.
The performance marks the beginning of the bands popular holiday concert series, presented across the Portland area.
Formed by Marv Ross in 1991 at the request of the Oregon Trail Council to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the trail, the band initially performed music exclusively from and about the era of the Oregon Trail with costumes, diary readings, traditional folk tunes, marches, hoedowns, and Native American melodies. Titled, Voices From The Oregon Trail, this performance has been the keystone of the band's repertoire for over 20 years.
In 1994, the Trail Band created a new show, Christmas with The Trail Band a holiday concert reminiscent of the parlour orchestras and town square brass bands of the last century. Originally produced as a television special for Oregon Public Broadcasting, this concert has become an annual tradition for thousands of concertgoers in the Northwest.
More information is available at its website: trailband.com.
The concert is a fundraiser for the Canby Music Boosters, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support the Canby School District instrumental program. Focusing predominately on Canby High Schools award-winning band, the organization is a volunteer group of parents and concerned adults who meet monthly to plan fundraisers, concerts and events.
In addition to the yearly "Christmas with The Trail Band" concert, the group also presents the "Slice of Summer" concert series.