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The Trail Band

Returning to the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater for an 11th consecutive year, The Trail Band has become almost as essential to the holiday season in the Rogue Valley as a visit from Santa Claus.

The eight-piece group of Oregon musicians will present a mix of traditional hymns and carols, contemporary favorites and novelty songs, along with its own collection of spirited stories, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the theater, 23 S. Central Ave., Medford.

The band's energetic blend of brass and string arrangements samples bluegrass, boogie woogie, gospel, folk and Dixieland jazz and features five vocalists, including Rindy Ross of the Portland-based rock group Quarterflash.

The Trail Band was founded in 1991 by guitarist Marv Ross to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail. The band initially performed music about that era of Western history, along with diary readings and American Indian melodies. Titled "Voices from the Oregon Trail," the original show has remained the cornerstone of the group's repertoire.

Tickets cost $24 to $30; $17 to $23 for ages 18 and younger. To order tickets, call 779-3000 or visit www.craterian.org.

Vocal harmonies and a variety of instruments round out The Trail Band’s diverse tapestry of sound. - Photo courtesy of Craterian Perf