Trash Music That Inspires
by Jack Berry
We are a band of five high schoolers from Sarasota, FL who try to encourage recycling, reuse and giving back to the community. We do this by playing classic hits from the ’60’s and ’70’s on homemade musical instruments from garbage and recycled materials.
Three years ago, I decided to try to make a one-string electric guitar out of discarded materials. I pulled a Lucky Charms cereal box out of the recycle bin, retrieved a warped yardstick from the garbage and I used toothpicks as frets!
Now, our band, The Garbage-Men, has more guitars made from cereal boxes, saxophones from repurposed toys, drums from garbage cans, keyboards from bottles, and more.
We’ve performed at community fundraisers, charity events and by “busking” on the street.
It’s all about the music, but also about helping others, raising awareness about not throwing everything away, and staying out of trouble by doing something positive. We’ve even been able to raise more than $4,000 for charities through the sale of our CD.
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