Drumming up support for charity

The Rubber Made Brigade recently gathered at the WWII Veterans Club in Dunkirk to celebrate the end of the 2013 parade season. They consider this to be a smashing success after having collected donations in excess of $1,000 that will be donated to the Lakeshore Humane Society and The Alliance for Cancer Research at Roswell Park. They drummed up donations by creating a homemade percussion group out of everyday household items such as pots, pans, garbage cans and everything else but the kitchen sink. Using these items, they played songs along parade routes throughout the county. The group is made up of 10 percussionists and another 10 to 12 supporting members that help with flags, donations and transportation. This year they were able to incorporate authentic percussion instruments that were donated to the group. The Rubber Made Brigade presented a check of $500 to Pat Novaro of Lakeshore Humane Society and $500 is going to Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The group is looking forward to the 2014 parade season being an even bigger success than 2013. It will add new music and more creative instruments to the brigade. The Rubber Made Brigade thanks everyone for all their donations.