2009 American Roots Music Festival
Friday, October 16th, 2009

The Grand Theatre, Salem, OR


Evening Program

The Trail Band

The American Roots Music Festival presents The Trail Band in a concert of music and stories commemorating Oregon's 150th anniversary. Selecting songs about Oregon from the group's five CDs, producer Marv Ross has arranged an evening of entertainment ranging from authentic Oregon Trail pieces up to current day issues, including challenges facing today's rural Oregon.

Presented with diary readings and humorous antidotes, this concert features an eight piece ensemble performing on a variety of instruments including fiddles, guitars, banjo, tuba, penny whistle, cornet, trombone, saxophone, hammer dulcimer, and drums. The Trail Band will sing many styles including traditional ballads from Ireland, American folk songs, bluegrass-inspired rural gospel songs, and original tunes about timber towns and the Columbia River.

The Trail Band

The Trail Band is an 8-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring four great vocalists including Quarterflash's Rindy Ross. Hundreds of public and private appearances across America and Japan, plus ten 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 inspired by 19th century music.

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 piece has been the keystone of the band's repetoire for over 10 years.

In 1998 The Trail Band was presented the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Oregon-California Trails Association. In 1999 producer Marv Ross was presented an Alumni Award of Excellence from Western Oregon University for The Trail Band's contributions to history, education, and music. The Trail Band's two albums of Oregon Trail music have been licensed by Oregon State Tourism, The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, The End of the Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and countless school districts.


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* Performers and program are subject to change.