Two years ago high school students Jack Berry and Ollie Gray had the idea to make instruments for a band with various pieces of garbage and recycled materials. Berry and Gray then recruited three other childhood friends to join their “Garbage Band.” Harrison Paparatto was the first to join with a trombone he made from PVC and the additions of Evan Tucker and Austin Siegel made “The Garbage-Men” band complete. The group started out playing popular 60s songs around town which led to them booking gigs all around Florida at science museums, elementary schools, and charity events.
15-year-old Ollie Gray who plays the drums made from trash cans and lids says, “We want to show people that there’s more to recycling than just throwing things in a bin. You can actually reuse things to make beautiful music.”
I applaud these youths for their creativity in making otherwise trash into art via music. However it's not new,these kids may have made a goodthing better. In my day or should I say youth, youths whom parents couldn't afford pricey instruments,created their own. Coffee cans became bongo's, steel or metal trash cans became drums. A old mop or broom handle with nails and stretched rubberbands became the guitar,a hollo pipe with holes drilled in it,a flute. Its called improvising,it works. Bravo to all youths whom are creative, for through them,is the vision of our future!
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