Cassadaga Labor Day Schedule

The WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps will be marching in the Cassadaga Labor Day Parade today!

http://www.cassadaganewyork.org

LABOR DAY ACTIVITIES
SATURDAY SEPT 2ND
ARTS AND CRAFTS AT AMES COMMON
PARADE AT 4PM
DUCKY DERBY AT 5 PM
FREE CONCERT AT FLOATING STATE AT 6 

 SUNDAY SEPT. 3RD
FARMERS MARKET 12:30-3:30 PM
BICYCLE DICE RUN AT REGISTRATION AT
BEACHACH AT 12:30
BOAT PARADE AT 3:30
MARUADER STEEL DRUM BAND AT 4-5 PM
LIGHT UP THE LAKES WITH FLARES AT 9

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Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen’s Convention activities coming to Westfield

http://www.observertoday.com/news/local-region/2013/07/southwestern-association-of-volunteer-firemen-s-convention-activities-coming-to-westfield/

Observer JUL 29, 2013
WESTFIELD – Time is drawing near for the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen’s annual convention. Preparations are being finalized for all of the coming events, as fire departments and companies from the four counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie prepare to make their way to Westfield.

The convention will begin Wednesday, as firefighters and EMS personnel arrive to set up their dugouts at the various properties.

The first community activity will be Wednesday the “Kick-Off Dinner” to get the convention under way. This will be held at the fire hall from 4 to 7 p.m. This steak and potato dinner is also open to the public. Contact a Westfield Fire Department member for the $10 pre-sale tickets; the cost is $12 at the door.

A memorial service for firefighters from all four counties who have passed away throughout the previous year will be held on Friday morning in the auditorium of the Westfield School. This service is also open to the public and will begin at 9 a.m.

The Comic Parade, formerly known as the Grotesque Parade, will begin at 7 p.m. on Aug. 2. Rules have been changed recently by the SwAVF so this should be enjoyed by all as a family-friendly event. The parade will start on Cottage Street and end at the fire hall. Comic Parade awards will be announced at 8:30, followed by a dance at 9 p.m. with music provided by Kool Toonz.

The culmination of the convention is the Grand Parade on Aug. 3 at 3 p.m. The parade will begin at the Westfield School and end up at the fire hall, with awards being presented at 7:30 p.m.

WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps announces new officers

http://www.observertoday.com/life/community-news/2017/07/wny-alumni-drum-and-bugle-corps-announces-new-officers/

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JUL 25, 2017

Following the sad loss of their leader and Corps Director, Robert A. Teclaw, it was necessary for the Alumni Corps to appoint some new officers. The corps will continue to follow Teclaw’s vision as a family-style drum corps.

Business Manager Jack Kujawa added, “we’re all going to miss Bob’s direction. He was a great leader and a good friend of drum corps.

“Before Bob’s passing, we discussed who would best fill his position as corps director. Bob realized he couldn’t continue in that capacity much longer. He wanted someone who would keep the corps going in a positive direction. This was very important to Bob. After a short discussion, we both felt David Fridmann was our man. We talked to Dave and he accepted the challenge.”

As corps director, all final decisions will be up to Fridmann. Jack Kujawa and Carl Vullo will handle corps business. Bob Dopler will continue as corps treasurer and Mary Fridmann as corps secretary. John Waterman and Joseph Latona are corps trustees. Jon Fridmann, the horn instructor, will also act as an advisor to the corps director.

These board members will be responsible for keeping the great tradition of having a drum and bugle corps in Western New York.

Anyone who thinks that they would like to be a part of The Alumni Drum Corps family can call Jack at 410-2682 or Carl at 450-2926.

ROBERT TECLAW: WNY loses Drum and Bugle Corps icon

http://www.observertoday.com/opinion/the-observers-view/2017/06/robert-teclaw-wny%E2%80%88loses-drum-and-bugle-corps-icon/

On Sunday, Robert A. Teclaw went home to be with the Lord. He was 84 years old.

Bob was director of the Alumni Drum Corps. In 2006, the Corps was incorporated and Bob was made the drum major. Under his leadership, the Alumni has entertained crowds all over Western New York and Pennsylvania.

Bob had been involved in drum corps ever since he was a young man, starting as a cymbal player with the old Flying Dutchmen Drum Corps. He eventually played drums and then he was voted in as drum major. It was a big deal in those days, because you really had to know your stuff. According to his friends, Bob learned to be a drum major from Bitzy Briggs, the Dutchmen’s horn instructor, whom he highly respected.

Bob was a major factor in the forming of the Patriots Drum Corps, which won their first field show under his leadership.

Bob and his corps have won numerous awards and trophies throughout the years. A parade was not a parade without seeing Bob leading his corps with pride. Many people knew and respected him. His knowledge and leadership will be sadly missed by family, friends and Alumni membership. Nobody has done more to keep drum corps alive in Western New York than Bob has.

He will be missed.

Robert A. Teclaw

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Robert A. Teclaw, age 84, a life long resident of Dunkirk passed away after a lengthy illness on Sunday, June 25th at Elderwood in Hamburg, NY.

He was born on May 10, 1933 in Dunkirk, son of the late Leon and Julia Kuzdale Teclaw.

A lifetime member of Blessed Mary Angela RC Parish St Hyacinth’s Church, a former member of St. Joseph’s Men’s Society, the 1st Ward Falcons Club, and Dunkirk Hose Co. No. 1. He was also a avid Fredonia State sports booster.

He retired from Dunkirk Radiator Corp. and he previously worked at Plymouth Tube.

Bob’s love and passion was marching in drum and bugle corps. Marching with the Flying Dutchmen, Dunkirk Patriots, the Renegades, and the Western New York Alumni where he also served as Corps Director.

Survivors include his daughter Julie Banach and grandson Michael Szach both of Buffalo, and several cousins.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Mildred Pangborn.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 9:15 a.m. from the Newman Funeral Home, Inc. and at 10 o’clock in Blessed Mary Angela RC Parish St. Hyacnth’s Church with the Rev. Jan Trela officiating. Interment will follow in St. Hyacinth’s Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the WNY Alumni Corps, PO Box 565, Dunkirk, NY 14048.