“You get string band medleys and full oompah brass sounds with cornet, drums and tenor horn punching songs home... Dual fiddles and hammered dulcimer punctuated by tuba make delightfully different sounds... an absolute must... Very enjoyable — recommended...”
Chris Lund — Victory Music Review
PO Box 5
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
The Trail Band offers 4 different performances that can be custom-produced to fit your event. Their most requested show is titled, Voices From The Oregon Trail and is comprised of popular songs, fiddle tunes, hymns, humorous tales, and marches from the mid-1800’s. Songs include Oregon Bound, Down In The Valley, Buffalo Gals, Wait For The Wagon and many, many more.
“The crowd went clap-happy accompanying the marvelous musicians of The Trail Band... part concert, part play, part history lesson, and all entertainment.”
Eric Apalategui — The Argus
A concert of music and narrative from the era of the Lewis and Clark expedition comprises the second show. Performing a diverse repertoire including military marches, folk ballads, classical works from Jefferson’s library, NW Native American songs, and French-Canadian fiddle tunes, this show combines vocal and instrumental selections both highly entertaining and educational. Interspersed with this music is narration including excerpts from the journals of Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson’s letters, quotes from tribal leaders, and period newspaper articles. A number of rare instruments from the period are demonstrated including the serpent, the flageolet, the dudelsack, and the sausage bassoon. In all, the eight-piece band performs on over 25 instruments during the concert. Lewis & Clark will appeal to all ages and coincides with the upcoming 200th anniversary of the historic expedition.
“...nothing short of remarkable.”
Nancy Helsabeck, Siuslaw News
“The Trail Band sang like angels and played like virtuosos”
Fred Crafts, Eugene Register-Guard
The Trail Band’s third show is called Oregon Stories and features contemporary original music and stories about life in the Northwest today. Blending folk, rock, country, and traditional music, the band paints an engaging portrait of people striving to live in balance with the unique land they inhabit. At times celebratory, poignant, and humorous, Oregon Stories is unflinchingly honest and contains the Trail Band’s most compelling songwriting. Songs include Tuck It Away, Celilo, The Red House, Good Rain, Daddy’s Dream, Poverty With A View, One More Dollar, Losing Ground, Lullaby for Tonya, Barlow Road, In The Flood, Eggs In My Beer, Meadowlark, and more.
“The band is an all-star team of Portland players with experience in folk, country, pop, jazz, and classical fields... Capable of sparkling ensemble interplay and stout but sweet vocal harmonies...”
Marty Hughley — The Oregonian
The fourth show is called Christmas With The Trail Band and features your favorite holiday songs and some original holiday tunes arranged in the versatile, energetic style that has become the band’s trademark. Songs include Joy To The World, The First Noel, and many, many more.
“The Trail Band has been captivating audiences around the state...”
Union County Observer
The Trail Band has been selected numerous times to represent the state of Oregon for regional, national and international events. Representing The Oregon Economic Development Department at the prestigious American Festival in Tokyo, the band performed for thousands and received enthusiastic ovations. They also received The Oregon-California Trails Association’s Meritorious Award for their contributions to American history.
“During the performance you could hear a pin drop as people were entranced by the music and the message...”
Joe D’Alessandro, Director — Oregon Tourism Division
A few reasons why The Trail Band may be the perfect choice for your next event:
“The crowd clapped both during and after numbers, accompanied by an occasional whoop. A standing ovation followed the show.”
Jeri Lessard — The East Oregonian