Staffing our performance days at the Oregon State Fair

We've agreed to perform at the 2021 Oregon State Fair in Salem.  Now it's time to get our act together!  Dates are Friday August 27 through Monday September 6. This includes two weekends (plus a preceding Friday), a full set of weekdays in between, and finishes up on Labor Day.  This year we have one day off during the run of the Fair:  no performances on Monday August 30.

As in 2019 we are signed up for two "mini-parades"each day for each day of the Fair (except our off Monday), with a third mini-parade on weekends and Labor Day.  Each mini-parade lasts about 30 minutes and includes a parade through the Fairgrounds (roughly 1/2 mile) plus stops along the way for a few standstill tunes.  If our previous schedule holds, mini-parades will be scheduled for 6:00 pm and 9:10 pm each day, with an early parade at 4:30 pm on weekends and Labor Day.  Lights are encouraged for the 9:10 parade.

We discovered that the "hardest part of the gig" was waiting around between parades, so we scheduled a 30 minute stage show each day except Sundays.  If our prior schedule holds, we'll be on the Spirit of Oregon Stage from 7:45-8:15 pm.


  • Mondays through Fridays (except Mon Aug 30):  Parade at 6:00, show at 7:45, parade at 9:10
  • Saturdays, Labor Day:  Parades at 4:30 and 6:00, show at 7:45, parade at 9:10
  • Sundays:  Parades at 4:30, 6:00, and 9:10
Parking and fair admission are included in our contract, so your only expense is transportation and any food/drink you choose to consume at the Fair.  We will arrange carpool opportunities to help keep costs down (for example, by having people meet at the Park 'n' Ride near Bridgeport Village).

Our standard collection of parade and standstill tunes will be just fine, so little additional prep work required on our end.  Auxiliary units and support staff (for flags and banners) are both included and desirable.

This is a big commitment for the band, but the rewards are substantial and those who played in prior years said it was a lot of fun. Besides excellent exposure, the Fair almost doubles our performance income for the year.  We don't necessarily need 60 in the block for every performance, but we DO need to be sure we have 30+ in the block plus auxiliaries, including enough of everything to make a balanced band.  Biggest worries will likely be lead trumpets, lead bones, drum line (same as always!).  There's no upper limit on how many attendees we can have each day, so sign up on as many days as you can.  The more, the merrier!

Now we need to nail down your COMMITMENTS so that we can ensure we have a SOLID BAND EVERY DAY.

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* 1. First Name:

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* 2. Last Name:

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The next question shows all 10 performance days.  Please check all days on which you will COMMIT to play at the State Fair.  (Yes, we'll deal with emergencies and such as they arise, but please treat these dates as as important since we may have critical holes if you're missing!)

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* 4. Please check all days on which YOU WILL COMMIT to play:

Got other dates where you MAY be able to play?  Let us know about them here.  (This is especially helpful if it turns out that we have staffing issues on a given date and you might be able to fill a hole.)

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* 5. Please check any additional days on which you MAY be able to play if needed:

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* 6. Additional comments: