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Discovery Center to host trail band

Trail Band to perform in Hometown Holiday benefit concert.

The Trail Band will perform in "Hometown Holiday," a benefit concert sponsored by the Discovery Center and Museum and Q104 on Thursday, Nov. 29 at the Granada Theater.

Show time begins at 7 p.m.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the educational programs and historical preservation efforts at the center.

"The Trail Band's annual performance kicks off the holidays for many people in our community," said Elizabeth Settje, marketing director at the center. "Last year's performance was a sold out event and a huge success for our organization. We look forward to another spectacular performance this year."

Formed by Marv Ross in 1991, the Band initially performed music exclusively from and about the era of the Oregon Trail. In 1994, The Trail Band created a holiday show as a TV special for Oregon Public Broadcasting entitled, "An Old Fashioned Christmas."

The holiday concert is reminiscent of the parlour orchestras and town square brass bands of the last century and was the inspiration for two acclaimed albums.

The Trail Band is an eight-piece ensemble that creates a blend of brass and string arrangements with traditional and original music featuring five vocalists, including "Quarterflash's" Rindy Ross.

This year's special guest is Linda Hornbuckle, a Northwest premier blues and gospel artist who has won several awards including the Portland Music Associations "Best Entertainer," "Best Female Vocalist," and "Best Gospel Performance" awards.

New to this year's performance are songs from the Trail Band's recently released Christmas album, "Making Spirits Bright."

In 1998, The Trail Band received the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Oregon-California Trails Association.

General admission tickets are available at Klindt's Booksellers in The Dalles for $15 each.


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