Staffing the 11 days of the Oregon State Fair

Thanks to your enthusiastic feedback following last year's appearance, we've signed the contract to perform at the 2019 Oregon State Fair in Salem.  Now it's time to get our act together!  Dates are Friday August 23 through Monday September 2. This includes two weekends (plus a preceding Friday), a full set of weekdays in between, and finishes up on Labor Day.

As in 2018 we are signed up for two "mini-parades"each day for all 11 days of the Fair, with a third mini-parade on weekends and Labor Day.  Each mini-parade lasts about 20-25 minutes and includes a parade through the Fairgrounds (roughly 1/2 mile) plus stops along the way for a few standstill tunes.  Mini-parades are currently scheduled for 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm each day, with an early parade at 4:15 pm on weekends and Labor Day.  Lights are encouraged for the 9:30 parade, which ends with us performing near the closing "fire show" of the Fair each night.

We discovered last year that the "hardest part of the gig" was waiting around between parades, so this year we've ADDED a 30 minute stage show each day except Sundays.  We'll be on the Spirit of Oregon Stage from 7:45-8:15 pm.

I suspect the added stage show will prevent us from playing between bands in the LB Day Amphitheater as we did for two shows last year ... but hey, we'll see what happens!

  • Mondays through Fridays:  Parade at 6:30, show at 7:45, parade at 9:30
  • Saturdays, Labor Day:  Parades at 4:15 and 6:30, show at 7:45, parade at 9:30
  • Sundays:  Parades at 4:15, 6:30, and 9:30
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 no 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 last year 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 11 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: