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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Aurora Band were rock stars back in their heyday, being in demand all over the area. The Aurora Colony Historical Society will present its annual 'Come Hear Our Music - Notable Music,' on Saturday, April 26, at the Richard R. Brown Fine Arts Center.The Aurora Colony Historical Society will present its annual “Come Hear Our Music — Notable Music” Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the Richard R. Brown Fine Arts Center in Canby.

The concert will feature marching band music and romantic songs made popular by the Aurora Colony Band of the 19th and early 20th century, which was the rock star of its time.

The original Aurora Colony Band was THE band communities wanted to play at their Fourth of Julys, graduations and other events.

It had about 18 to 30 members, depending on if it was traveling. From the 1860s to the 1880s, the band played all over the Northwest.

It also had a string orchestra with about seven musicians and for the younger crowd, a pie and beer band that played local dances

The series features piano, band and choral music made famous by the popular Aurora Colony Band of the 19th and early 20th century. The titles include “Aurora Quickstep,” “Aurora Polonaise,” “Aurora Schottisch” and “Jubel Quadrille.”

The piano, band and choral music will be performed by pianist Colin Sheppard, the Pudding River Singers and a brass quintet under the direction of Andrew Willette, adjunct music instructor at PSU.

The program also will include performances by the Aurora Music scholarship winners of the Canby, North Marion and Molalla River school districts.

The music competition was organized CHS music instructor Robert Rayfield, who transcribed the selected Aurora music score for the students.

Doors at the Fine Arts Center will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $25 for adults and $15 for students with IDs. Refreshments will be served during the intermission.

Proceeds benefit the Old Aurora Colony Museum and the Aurora Colony Historical Society’s ongoing historical research, preservation efforts, and exhibits.

To make reservations online: ww.auroracolony.org or call Old Aurora Colony Museum 503-678-5754. Credit cards accepted.

Who: Aurora Colony Historical Society

What: Come Hear Our Music — Notable Music program.

When: Saturday, April 26, at 7 p.m.

Cost: $25 for adults, $15 for students with ID.

Info: 503-678-5754.



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