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Sandy welcomes the inimitable Trail Band

The band will entertain from the Main Stage on Wednesday, Aug. 17
by: contributed photo by Keith Buckley Sandy Summer Sounds welcomes the popular and entertaining Trail Band at
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Main Stage in Meinig Park.

The city of Sandy and a number of community sponsors are helping local residents celebrate the city's centennial with concerts, fiestas and other community activities.

After the appearance of blues songstress Linda Hornbuckle and her band tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 10, the Trail Band's performance is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, on the Main Stage in Meinig Park. Both groups of artists are international stars.

What better way to celebrate Sandy's centennial year than with songs and stories from the Oregon Trail?

Eight musicians, including five vocalists, comprise the Trail Band, which offers a blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music. Among the group's vocalists is Rindy Ross, whose heart-touching voice is perfect for storytelling.

Hundreds of public and private appearances across America and Japan, plus 11 successful albums, have established The Trail Band as the premier historic music ensemble from the Northwest.

Star performers - who have shared the stage with artists such as Elton John, Linda Ronstadt and Burt Bacharach - combine an eclectic group of instruments and voices to create a diverse tapestry of sound.

The band's instruments include cornet, tenor horn, tuba, fiddle, hammer dulcimer, guitar, penny whistle, mandolin, piano, saxophone, spoons, bones, drums, bass, and recorder.

 To celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Oregon Trail, the Trail Band was formed by Rindy's husband, Marv Ross, in 1991 at the request of the Oregon Trail Council.

Initially, the Trail Band performed music exclusively from and about the time in our history the Oregon Trail became a highway to new beginnings. For those performances, they used costumes, diary readings, traditional folk tunes, marches, hoedowns and Native American melodies.

That performance is called 'Voices from the Oregon Trail,' and has been the signature piece of the band's repertoire for more than 10 years.

The good news is the Trail Band plans to perform a version of that show in Meinig Park.

The 90-minute concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and is free and family friendly. Park visitors can bring a blanket or a stadium chair for comfort. Busy Bee Catering will sell food at the park, or families can bring a picnic meal. 

The parking lot on Meinig Avenue is likely to still be under construction, so extra time for parking is advised.

In case of rain, the show will move to the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd.

Sandy Summer Sounds is made possible through a partnership between the city of Sandy and donations from community sponsors.

For more information, call 503-668-2827.