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Big Horn Brass tunes in on Oregon history

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The local brass band will include a historical twist in its Beaverton spring concert.

BIG HORN BRASS WILL PERFORM MUSIC FROM THE AURORA COLONY BAND IN THEIR UPCOMING CONCERT. - Courtesy Big Horn Brass.Big Horn Brass, a local brass and percussion group, will hold its seventh annual spring concert this Saturday — and in addition to beloved classics like "An American in Paris" and "Appalachian Spring," it also will perform a piece of Oregon history.

From 1856 to the 1920s, the Aurora Colony Band was a main source of entertainment in Aurora, Ore., and around the state. The band rose out of the Aurora Colony, a Christian communal society comprised of German and Swiss immigrants, but continued to perform even after the colony itself ended in 1883.

Big Horn Brass will include original music written by the Aurora Colony Band in its upcoming show, which is titled "An American Portrait."

"Town bands were a very common thing across the country in the middle of the 19th century," said Ron Babcock, a professor of music at Portland State University and a board member of Big Horn Brass. "It was a main source of entertainment."



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