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Lewis and Clark

by The Trail Band

Features period instrumental and vocal music from and about the era of the 1803-06 expedition, including early American folk songs, French Canadian fiddle tunes, classical works from Jefferson's library, Irish ballads, marches, chanteys and more.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. French Canadian Medley
3:12 $0.99
2. The Rose Tree
1:19 $0.99
3. Up The Missouri
3:00 $0.99
4. Saint Anne's Reel
2:32 $0.99
5. Johnny's Gone For A Soldier
3:39 $0.99
6. Largo from Corelli's Sonata 3 and Allegro from Sonata 1
3:25 $0.99
7. Donkey Riding
1:58 $0.99
8. The Ash Grove
2:50 $0.99
9. The Butterfly Song - Umatilla
2:31 $0.99
10. Drive The Cold Winter Away
3:36 $0.99
11. The Sussex Carol
2:05 $0.99
12. Boatman Dance
2:59 $0.99
13. Yakama Traditional Round Dance
2:05 $0.99
14. Shenandoah
4:03 $0.99
15. Bonapaarte Crossing The Rhine/Bonaparte's Retreat
2:56 $0.99
16. Heart of God
2:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Trail Band is an 8-piece ensemble that creates an energetic blend of brass and string arrangements of traditional and original music featuring five great vocalists including Quarterflash's Rindy Ross. Hundreds of public and private appearances across America and Japan, plus seven successful albums have established The Trail Band as the premiere historic music ensemble from the Northwest. Cornet, tenor horn, tuba, fiddles, hammer dulcimer, guitars, penny whistle, mandolin, piano, saxophone, spoons, bones, drums, bass, and recorders combine with their rich vocal harmonies to create a diverse tapestry of sound inspired by 19th century music.

Formed by Marv Ross in 1991 at the request of the Oregon Trail Council to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the trail, the band initially performed music exclusively from and about the era of the Oregon Trail with costumes, diary readings, traditional folk tunes, marches, hoedowns, and Native American melodies. Titled, Voices From The Oregon Trail, this performance piece has been the keystone of the band's repertoire for 10 years.

In 1998 The Trail Band was presented the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Oregon-California Trails Association.In 1999 producer Marv Ross was presented an Alumni Award of Excellence from Western Oregon University for The Trail Band's contributions to history, education, and music. The Trail Band's two albums of Oregon Trail music have been licensed by Oregon State Tourism, The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, The End of the Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and countless school districts.

In 1994 The Trail Band created a new show, Christmas With The Trail Band - a holiday concert reminiscent of the parlour orchestras and townsquare brass bands of the last century. Originally produced as a television special for Oregon Public Broadcasting, this concert has become an annual tradition for thousands of concert-goers in the Northwest.

In 1998, the band presented a new show and album, Immigrant Dreams, featuring music and stories of those who came west to America from Ireland, Scotland, Romania, Mexico, France, Spain, Greece, and other countries during the turn of the century. In 1999 The Trail Band debuted a new show and accompanying album, Lewis & Clark, and in 2001 the band released it's seventh recording, a Christmas album titled, Making Spirits Bright.

What The Critics Say About The Trail Band

"... an absolute must!"
Victory Music Review

"...sparkling ensemble interplay..."
Marty Hughley, The Oregonian

"A stellar cast of musicians... delightful arrangements..."
Tim Casebeer Willamette Week

"...nothing short of remarkable." Nancy Helsabeck, Siuslaw News

"The Trail Band sang like angels and played like virtuosos…"
Fred Crafts, Eugene Register-Guard 12/98

"... will perk up your spirits, cause you to dance, and make you feel good to be alive." Sam Richardson, Music Sidelines

"In the last of 5 sold-out performances, the eight member group put on an exuberant, classy and wide-ranging display of original tunes and fresh arrangements of tradtional folk and acoustic music that delighted the crowd with humor and musicianship." Lynn Darroch, The Oregonian

"One can only express a sort of wonder toward the uniqueness of a band that incorporates antique brass instruments and resounding vocal pitch..." Ryan Parker, The O.S.U. Barometer

"The band's music is good-natured, harmonious, and certainly retains it's own individuality." John Foyston, The Oregonian

"The Trail Band could be Oregon's happiest musical accident. It was formed specifically to perform during a historical play commemorating the Oregon Trail just for 1993. Luckily for us, the band stayed together, recording five fine CDs and playing some of the sweetest-sounding traditional and old-time music you're likely to hear anywhere."
The Oregonian 4/98

"Happy, homespun... a delightful old-fashionedy sound, from spirited fiddles to a spritely brass ensemble..."
Eugene Register-Guard

"The Trail Band brought the capacity audience to it's feet more than once. They are just incredibly skilled and great entertainers, too."
The Patrice Press, Tuscon, Arizona



to write a review

Cheryl Pohahau

The Trail Band is always great and this one delivers.
A wild, plaintive, sweet and evocative mix that makes all ages want to sing along. Our household of aged 7 to 70 loved this.

Diane Logsdon

Enjoyed the music so much.
Wanted background music for a party I was having and the CD was perfect. Many guests asked what musical group it was so hope you made some new fans. Keep playing.

Tamara Shields

My favorite cd when I'm in the mood to go back in time!
I have never heard such a fabulously well-rounded and interesting cd for this time period. I visit historical sites alot and pick up music here and there and this is by far my favorite cd of 1800s music.

C. Killip

Great cd to use with the study of Lewis & Clark's bi-centennial
I plan on using this cd next year in school for the
Lewis & Clark Bi-centennial. We will sing a few of the
songs and dance to a few of the pieces. Looking forward
to sharing this with the students.

C R Zweigart

Great Beat!
Already had this album. When friend heard it, she had to have it. Purchased as a gift for her to spread the word about the Trail Band.


Great Music! A nice refreshing change from the ordinary.
Sit back and listen, close your eyes and you can almost imagine being part of the expedition!

Joseph P. Schleeper

Excellent CD, Great song choices, Musicians are extraordinary
This CD is one of the best attempts I've seen to assemble music that existed during the Lewis and Clark era. Although the actual music that was played on the expedition is not certain, I believe this CD captures the ideas and feelings of the Corps of Discovery as written in the journals.

S. Doing

Great selection of tunes
The Trail Band's Lewis and Clark CD is a well researched
sampling of the music of the era. Delightful renditions of fiddle tunes and work songs, authentic Native American music and great vocals make it a perfect addition to my music classroom.