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Maestro at the ballpark

Hillsboro Hops baseball fans just scored a musical victory.

The Oregon Symphony and the Beat Goes On Marching Band have announced the quirky combination of baseball and band.Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon Symphony music director Carlos Kalmar will direct the Beat Goes On Marching Band Sunday at the Hillsboro Hops baseball game.

On Sunday, Aug. 24, one of America’s outstanding maestros — Oregon Symphony music director Carlos Kalmar — will stand not on a podium, but on Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro to lead the marching band equivalent of the Bad News Bears.

Kalmar will conduct the Beat Goes On Marching Band in the “Star-Spangled Banner” before the game, and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.

In addition, the Beat Goes On will play a pre-game concert outside the stadium, led by music director Steve Tolopka.

Game time Sunday is 1:35 p.m. The Hillsboro Hops are playing the Spokane Indians that day.

The Beat Goes On is an all-adult band whose players span decades in age and travel thousands of miles to entertain.

“The band is really excited — but a little apprehensive — to be working with maestro Kalmar,” Tolopka said. “After all, there’s about three levels of class between the Oregon Symphony and the Beat Goes On.”

“What could be more fun than a great marching band, some great music and a great baseball game? I’m looking forward to this, and I’m bringing a lot of our staff as well,” Kalmar said.

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