‘The Beat Goes On’ at the Port of Siuslaw Boardwalk

International marching band coming to Florence Sept. 15

The Beat Goes On (TBGO) is an international award-winning all-adult band based in Portland, Ore., that will be coming to Port of Siuslaw Boardwalk in Florence on Friday, Sept. 15, at noon.

Renowned for its upbeat attitude and feel-good musical selections, TBGO features a high-energy, brassy, rock and roll style.

“We may be a marching band,” said Music Director Steve Tolopka, “but we’re more likely to play Bruno Mars or Pitbull than John Philip Sousa.”


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The band has performed at venues from British Columbia to the Bahamas and holds the honor of being the first marching band to open a session of the Oregon House of Representatives.

Recent major appearances have included the world’s third largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, Ga.; San Antonio Fiesta Flambeau Parade; and an 11-day trip to China as the United States representative to the Shanghai Tourism Festival.

The band played a selection of its favorite tunes atop the Great Wall of China.

In April 2018, the band will travel to The Netherlands to make its first European appearance at Bloemencorso Bollenstreek, the world’s only floral parade with floats constructed using bulb flowers like hyacinths, tulips and daffodils.

The parade will travel more than 25 miles through communities near Amsterdam.

“Fortunately,” said TBGO Travel Director Tom Higham, “we’ll only march about four or five miles, not the whole parade.”

Friday’s “road trip” is TBGO’s first-ever appearance along the central and southern Oregon coast.

“We love playing for new audiences and hope to see you at our show Sept. 15,” said Higham. “We’ll be down at the boardwalk with a rousing show beginning at noon. Admission is free, so come out and end your week on a high note.”

From Florence, The Beat Goes On will head south to Coos Bay for the Steve Prefontaine Memorial Run and Bay Area Fun Festival.