WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps seeks new members



The WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps has begun preparing for their 2020 season. This includes adding a new song, “Copacabana” to the repertoire which includes “Hang ‘Em High/Mag 7,” “New York, New York,” “America,”“Gonna Fly Now,” “Sunrise Lady” and “Elk’s Parade.” The corps is always looking for new members. If you’re a current horn player or drummer you can bring your playing to the next level by playing in the drum corps. The corps is free to participate in. Jack Kujawa, corps advisor, stated, “This corps is so much fun to be around and the talent is incredible. This is the perfect time to join because you have a lot of time to learn the music.” Dave Fridmann will again serve as corps director. Dave also works with the drum line and is the drum sergeant. The horn instructor/arranger position is again in the capable hands of Jonathon Fridmann and Mateo Mendez. Friends and family members are welcome to all corps functions. If interested, email wnyalumni@gmail.com. You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!

2019 Winter/Spring Rehearsal Schedule

Announcing our 2019 Winter/Spring Rehearsal Schedule! Our first rehearsal will be Tuesday, January 15th 7:30-9PM at the Elks Club in Dunkirk. Looking forward to a great year!

2019 Rehearsal Schedule
schedule subject to change
Tuesday, January 15th 7:30-9PM
Tuesday, January 29th 7:30-9PM
Tuesday, February 12th 7:30-9PM
Tuesday, February 26th 7:30-9PM
Tuesday, March 12th 7:30-9PM
Tuesday, March 26th 7:30-9PM
Tuesday, April 9th 7:30-9PM
Tuesday, April 23rd 7:30-9PM
Tuesday, May 7th 7:30-9PM
Tuesday, May 14th 7:30-9PM
Tuesday, May 21st 7:30-9PM
Monday, May 27th Memorial Day SEASON BEGINS!!!

Location: Elk’s Lodge #922, 428 Central Ave. Dunkirk, NY

Town readies for Pulaski Parade, annual Polish Fest


Cheektowaga’s Polish culture will be on full display this weekend, as the 40th annual Polish American Arts Festival is set to bring crowds to Town Park for Polish food, fun and, of course, polka from bands near and far.

The festival kicks off Friday, July 20, at the park, 2600 Harlem Road, with the first band of the weekend, Cheektowaga’s own Special Delivery, taking the stage at 4:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. Polish Happy Hour will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. in the beer tent, and Buffalo-based band The Original Krew Brothers s scheduled to perform at 6 and 8:45 p.m.

Additionally, at 6:30 p.m., Anna Maria Anders, the secretary of state of Poland, will cut the ribbon for the Trail of Hope exhibit, highlighting the World War II-era Polish military forces under the command of Gen. Wladyslaw Anders, known as Anders’ Army, which will be open for viewing throughout the festival. Anna Maria Anders is the daughter of the late general.

The music gets underway again at 2 p.m. Saturday with Cheektowaga’s

New Direction Band performing. That’s followed by performances by Grammy nominated Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push Orchestra at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. and shows by Maryland band The Boys, at 7 and 9:45 p.m.

Between those performances, there will be a Polish Mass at 4:45 p.m. featuring the Rev. Louis Klein, pastor at Mary Queen of Martyrs Church; Deacon Robert Badaszewski, of the Diocese of Buffalo; and the Villa Maria Chorale.

Sunday’s highlight will be the 80th annual Pulaski Day Parade, which will proceed west on Walden Avenue from the Thruway Plaza, then continue north on Harlem Road to Town Park. The parade is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m., and this year’s grand marshal is Camille Brandon, director of the General Pulaski Association Inc., which sponsors it.

Honorary grand marshals include Anna Maria Anders; Loretta Swit, “M*A*S*H*” star and Emmy Award winner; Rita Cosby, Emmy-winning television host and journalist; Lady Blanka Rosenstiel, president of the American Institute of Polish Culture and honorary consul of the Republic of Poland; Thomas DiNapoli, New York State comptroller; John Mills, Erie County legislator; Bishop Richard Malone of the Buffalo Diocese; Ivana Lowell, philanthropist and co-owner of Lowell International Foods; Maciej Golubiewski, consul general of Poland; Assemblywoman Monica Wallace; orthopaedic surgeon Robert Smolinski; Erie County Legislature Chairman Peter Savage; Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz; Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw; Cheektowaga Judge Paul Piotrowski; Gregory Fryc, president of Pangea Network USA; Auxiliary Bishop Edward Grosz, Bishop John Mack; and state Sen. Timothy Kennedy.

Also on Sunday will be a 3:30 p.m. performance by disco polo star Junior US, coming from Poland. Other performances on Sunday include Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push Orchestra at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. and The Buffalo Touch at 5 and 8 p.m.

Of course, throughout the festival weekend, guests will be able to eat Polish food from local favorites such as Polish Villa II and Potts Deli & Grille, as well as visit exhibits and vendors such as the Polish Genealogical Society of Western New York and the Polish Heritage Dancers.

The festival is organized and run by the Town of Cheektowaga, General Pulaski Association of WNY, Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, Cheektowaga Senior Center Foundation and Cheektowaga Youth Foundation.

For more information about the event, check out the Cheektowaga Polish American Arts Festival on Facebook.

WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps announces new officers



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.