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!

Lineup announced for city Memorial Day parade


MAY 27, 2018
The annual Memorial Day service and parade will be Monday at Memorial Park in Dunkirk. Services will start at 10 a.m., the parade will follow at approximately 11 a.m.

The Parade will turn on to Central Avenue and proceed south to Fifth Street. The Parade turns East on Fifth Street and disbands at Washington Park.

In case of inclement weather the parade will be canceled.

Should the inclement weather continue, Memorial Day Services will be at the John T. Murray VFW Post 1017, 111-113 Deer St. Dunkirk .

This year’s Parade Marshal is Jack Sievert Commander, D.J.V.C.

The 2018 Co-Parade Marshals are: Richard Makuch, Michael McGrath, Dennis Mulkin and David Dow.

The 2018 Memorial Day Parade Captain is Jack Hood.

The Division Marshals are 1st Division TBA, Michael McGrath, Thomas Haynes and Fire Chief Michael Edwards.

1st Division Marshal – TBA

2nd Division Marshal – Michael McGrath Commander VFW post 1017.

3rd Division Marshal – Mr. Thomas Haynes, D.J.V.C. Trustee and Sgt.-at-Arms.

4th Division Marshal – Mr. Michael Edwards, City of Dunkirk Fire Chief.

The public is invited to attend and the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council urges the public to fly the Flag this Memorial Day. God bless our veterans and this great nation of ours.

Division Line-Ups are as follows:

City Official – Honorable Mayor Willie Rosas

City Official – Mr. David Ortolano, Police Chief lined up on Lake Shore Drive West.

Followed by Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council Honor Guard, Mr. David Huels, D.J.V.C. Honor Guard. Liaison Officer and Trustee;

Mr. Tom Rugani; D.J.V.C. Honor Guard;

Mr. Ronnie Rollins D.J.V.C. Honor Guard;

Mr. Kenneth DeLong, Armorer D.J.V.C.

Followed by: Cars:

Parade Marshal: Mr. Jack Sievert, commander D.J.V.C. Parade Co-Marshal Richard Makuch, D.J.V.C.,Asst. H.G. Cdr. Parade Co-Marshal David Taber, D.J.V.C. Asst. H.G. Cdr. Escorted by Rhonda Daminski, VFW Past President 1017 Auxiliary.

Followed by Grand Marshals Anthony Spann and Ray Davis Jr. escorted by Carol Hood D.O.D. (Ret.)

Master of Ceremonies, Mr. John D’Agostino, D.J.V.C. and Publisher OBSERVER.

Lt. Christopher Wilson, USCG Sea Partners

Limousine carrying city officials.

Followed by:

1st Division — Forms on Pelican Street at Lake Shore Drive West.

Those marching in the 1st Division report to David Dow for instructions on who to follow.

All Veterans Honor Guard Led by James Lemanski, Cdr. American Legion Post 62

Officers and Veterans from WWII, Korean War, Vietnam, Cold War, Global War on Terror, including Iraq and Afghanistan will be part of the All Veterans Honor Guard.

Flag Review: Elks, BPO 922 Dunkirk, N.Y. Flag Review.

Hamburg Kingsman Drum and Bugle Corp, led by Mr. Leon Trzewieczynski.

City of Dunkirk Fire Chief Mike Edwards, Professional Fire Fighters Local 616.

Greater Buffalo Firefighter Pipe & Drum

Veterans Requiring Transportation:

C.A.R.T.S. Buses will begin loading Veterans at approximately 10:45 a.m. C.A.R.T.S. has been graciously arranged by Mr. Cory Leymeister Resource Assistant.

D.A.V.: In Cars or C.A.R.T.S.

Mr. Leroy Foster – U.S.A.F. Veteran (Ret.)

Mrs. Ruthann Foster

World War II restored Willie’s Jeep driven by Craig Sutton with passenger Lynn Watrous, Korean War veteran serving in the Army, and great-grandson Connor Sutton of Fredonia.

WWII Veterans in Cars or C.A.R.T.S.

Korean War Veterans: In Cars or C.A.R.T.S.

Vietnam Veterans: In Cars or C.A.R.T.S.

Club 716 Street Rods Custom Cars

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Dunkirk Flotilla 34 Dunkirk, N.Y. Mr. Doug Hamernick, Commander.

Dunkirk Little League, T-ball led by Gary Haase, President.

Dunkirk J.R.O.T.C, Led by SFC Frank Torrain, U.S Army(Ret.)

2nd Division Parade: Co-Parade Marshal Michael McGrath D.J.V.C.

Forms on: Swan Street at Lake Shore Drive West.

Those marching in the 2nd- Division report to Dave Taber for instructions on who to follow:

North Coast Brass Co. Musicians Thomas Davenport director.

Girl Scouts of America: Donna Banach Advisor, Girl Scouts Troop 20158.

Girl Scouts of America: Led by Kathy Reisenweber Advisor Troup 20237

Chautauqua Hurricane: Led by Nancy Rosario.

Dunkirk Middle School Band: led by director Mary Brock.

3rd Division Parade Marshal – Mr. Thomas Haynes, D.J.V.C. Trustee and Council Sgt-at-Arms

Forms on: Dove Street at Lake Shore Drive West

LoGuidice Education Criminal Justice Program, Led by Jennie Alessi, Teacher.

Iglesias Getsemani Children’s Ministries children and Float

Upward Bound Program, Patricia Messina Program Coordinator; Loretta Torain, Director

Dunkirk Fredonia Meals On Wheels Van

Western N.Y. Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps: led by Mr. Jack Kujawa.

4th Division Parade Marshal Mr. Michael Edwards, Fire Chief City of Dunkirk.

Forms on: Plover Street at Lake Shore Drive West

Dunkirk City of Fire Trucks

East Town of Dunkirk Fire Dept.

West Town of Dunkirk fire Dept.

Fredonia Fire Dept.

Dunkirk Police Car

Pillar of Fire Fellowship – Pastor J. Wentz.

Alumni Drum Corps Starting New Season



The Alumni Drum Corps is getting ready for the 2018 season. “Rehearsals have been going very well,” WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, Inc. Director David Fridmann stated. “Our recruitment program has added 12 new horn players and 10 new drumline members.” This year the corps will be starting a working guard.

They have added Kelly Palmer, a veteran guard instructor, to handle all the guard duties. Jon Fridmann will again serve as the horn instructor and arranger. On percussion, Jack Kujawa, along with drum sergeant Dave Fridmann, will handle all the percussion assignments.

Corps co-business manager Jack Kujawa added, “I can’t believe the sound that we’re getting from our horn line and drumline. This year’s corps should bring smiles on a lot of faces. We’re looking for a few more horn players. Our drumline is just about full. We could use one or two more quad drummers and another bass drummer, and then we’ll be out of drums — a good problem to have. We still have a lot of winter rehearsals left to learn the music so the sooner you join, the better!” If interested in joining the Alumni family, contact Jack at 410-2682 in the Dunkirk area or Carl Vullo at 665-3822 in the Jamestown area.

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.

Cassadaga Labor Day Festival will begin Saturday

*We will march in the Cassadaga Labor Day Parade today at 4 PM.*


Cassadaga Labor Day Festival will begin Saturday
August 31, 2016
Observer Today

CASSADAGA – The village of Cassadaga is the place to be on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, the following activities will take place: an arts and crafts show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ames Common; a parade at 4 p.m. on Maple Avenue; the Ducky Derby at 5 p.m. at the bridge on Maple Avenue (buy a duck from any CLA member or at the arts and crafts show); and the Kokomo Time Band at 6:30 p.m. on the new floating stage at Cassadaga beach! Come by boat or bring a chair or blanket. The Kiwanis hot dog wagon will be there.

On Sunday, activities begin with a bicycle dice run at 1 p.m. which starts at Cassadaga beach and rides around the lake. It is 3.1 miles. There are prizes! Those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The fee is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Helmets are required.

The boat parade kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Participants should assemble at 3 p.m. at DEC Launch on Dale Drive. Any type of boat is welcome to participate. This year the focus is a patriotic theme.

The Marauder Steel Drum Band will perform at 4 p.m. on the new floating stage at Cassadaga beach. Come by boat or bring a chair or blanket.

Events are sponsored by the Cassadaga Lakes Association, the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga and the village of Cassadaga.

Alumni take first at firemen’s convention


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Observer Today

The Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps of WNY recently took top honors at this year’s Southwestern Firemen’s Convention in Cattaraugus. The Alumni color guard also took top honors and was presented with a trophy for its first place performance. Business manager Jack Kujawa stated, “We’ve been busy all year long. We’ve performed in seven parades so far, with four remaining before our end of season banquet on Oct. 1. After our banquet, we’ll begin our recruiting program.” Corps Director Bob Teclaw added, “We’ve had great turnouts all season long and we expect to be bigger and better next season. Perhaps some drum corps vets will be returning along with newcomers.” Anybody interested in being a part of next year’s Alumni family can contact Jack at 410-2682. Upcoming Corps events: Fredonia Farm Festival Parade Aug. 28, Cassadaga Labor Day Parade Sept. 3, Seneca Nation Fall Festival Parade Sept. 10, Silver Creek Festival of Grapes Sept. 18. Come down and support the only drum corps in Chautauqua County, The Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps.

WNY Alumni Drum Corps readying for new season

WNY Alumni Drum Corps readying for new season
February 22, 2016
Observer Today

The WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps celebrated Valentine’s Day with a pizza party following the Feb. 14 rehearsal.

Five new members enjoyed the afternoon practice, as three more new members are planning on joining at the next rehearsal. The drum line, with the exception of a couple of bass drummers and a couple of cymbal players, is full. Although new horn players have been added, the Corps is still looking for more. There are openings in the A-section as well as color guard.

Jack Kujawa, corps business manager, offered his overview of this year’s Corps.

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WNY Alumni Drum Corps members John Waterman (left) and Dan Forsberg play during a parade.

“We’ve been growing little by little for over three years. This year’s corps has grown so much more than expected. We went from four drummers last year to 13 so far this year,” he stated. “Our horn line has more than doubled its size. As in any drum corps, you gain some new members and lose some, so the total number of corps members is uncertain. However, we will be bigger and better than last year.”

The group is seeking new members to be part of the alumni family. The next practice is Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at American Legion Post 62 on Central Avenue in Dunkirk.

Have fun this summer. Join today.