A band of local drummers playing on homemade percussion, known as the "Rubber Made Brigade," recently donated all proceeds that were collected during their summer performances to two worthy organizations. The Rubber Made Brigade was founded in fall 2011 when the group decided they wanted to have some fun and also do some good in their community. The group collected everyday items such as buckets, skillets, trash cans, etc., and used them to create rhythms without actually using drums.
The Rubber Made Brigade performed in three parades. They accepted donations for the Lakeshore Humane Society and for the Roswell Park Alliance for Cancer Research. Their enthusiastic audiences donated a total of $340, split equally between the two organizations. The group hopes to expand their repertoire, experiment with more "drummable" household items, and increase donations during next year's parade season.
At the group's end of season get-together at the Elks' Club, LHS member Pat Novaro accepted the donation for the Lakeshore Humane Society. The Brigade extends their thanks to Chad Ellman for the use of his trailer, Dave Buck for the use of his truck, to all of the group's members for their dedication, with special thanks going to Terry and Lenore Roof for welcoming the band into their home on a weekly basis for rehearsals.
OBSERVER Photo by Matt Panebianco
Row one: Harley Beers, Kelly Beers, Amy Kiley, Bob Coudrey and Thomas Kiley. Row two: Mary Miller, Bill Novaro, Pat Novaro (Representative of Lakeshore Humane Society), Dave Vanwey, Dave Jagoda, Nancy Coudrey and Neil McNeight. Row three: Randy Vanwey, Dave Palmer, “Pudge” Miller, Dave Buck, Terry Roof, Lenore Pucci-Roof and Leon Trzewieczynski. Missing from photo: Butch Piglowski and Gary Wuethrick.