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'Holidays With the Trail Band' to present its 25th and Final Concert benefitting Friends of the Children - 09/13/18

After 25 years, the ‘Holidays With The Trail Band’ concert series will end a Portland holiday tradition with performances at The Aladdin Theater on December 14, 15, 16th. The long running popular benefit concert was created in 1994 by Marv & Rindy Ross, founders of the rock group Quarterflash. Over the course of 115 shows, The Trail Band has raised over $1 million dollars for Friends of the Children-Portland. The final five shows will be presented over three days and ticket info and show times can be found at Tickets will go on sale to the general public October 27th.  For questions about ticket sales, call 503-281-6633.

 “It was a difficult decision to make considering the ongoing popularity of the shows, but Rindy and I have been producing concerts of Quarterflash and The Trail Band for 40 years and it was time to move on to another chapter of our lives,” stated Marv Ross. The Rosses will retire both Quarterflash and The Trail Band this spring.

For their final shows, The Trail Band will be bringing back multi-instrumentalist, Lex Browning, who was the original male lead singer, violinist, and banjo player when the band started in 1991. “Being from Kentucky, Lex’s voice gave us that touch of traditional country music that lead to the band’s popularity in our early Oregon Trail shows,” said Rindy Ross, “It is pure joy to sing harmony with him.” The shows will also feature comedian Scott Parker as ‘Harold’ and other surprise musical special guests who will ‘sit in’ with the band.

Marv Ross adds, “It’s going to be an emotional run. None of us could have imagined that this concert series was going to last 25 years. Doing these shows to benefit such an amazing organization like Friends of the Children, and having sold out shows year after year has been an incredible blessing for all of us. We will miss it greatly. It has become a huge part of our lives during the holiday season and has become a family tradition for hundreds of Portland families. We intend to make this last run of shows something very special for our loyal fans.”

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 thirteen successful albums have established the group as the premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest. Cornet, tenor horn, tuba, fiddles, hammer dulcimer, guitars, banjo, penny whistle, mandolin, saxophone, spoons, bones, drums, bass, and recorders combine with the band’s rich vocal harmonies to create a diverse tapestry of sound inspired by 19th century music.

Friends of the Children, is a national nonprofit that pairs children facing the highest risks with a salaried, professional mentor—called a Friend.  The Portland chapter, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, just enrolled the largest kindergarten class in their history and now serves over 500 youth in the Portland/Vancouver area. Independent research evaluations show every $1 invested in our program youth, $7 is returned to the community in savings and contributions.

Friends of the Children outcomes include:
- 83% of our youth graduate from high school
- 93% of our youth avoid the juvenile justice system
- 98% of our youth avoid early parenting
-52% of our youth enroll in post-secondary education and training

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