Rehearsal July 13, 2021

Hi everyone!

We’re happy to announce now that there has been enough time for all of our members to be fully vaccinated, we are ready to get together and rehearse once again! We will be meeting at the Elks Lodge in Dunkirk on Tuesday, July 13th at 7PM.

See you soon!
Dave Fridmann

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.

ROBERT TECLAW: WNY loses 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.

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.

Pulaski Day Parade To Host Impressive Array of Grand Marshalls From Polish Bishop John Mack To *M*A*S*H Star Loretta Swit
The Pulaski Day Parade will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016 going west from the Thruway Plaza to Harlem Road and north to the Cheektowaga Town Park.

The public is invited at no charge.

The Pulaski Day Parade has taken place for 78 years to salute the heroism of Revolutionary War General Casimir Pulaski. Pulaski died in the Revolutionary War and is considered the Father of the American Cavalry.

This year the Pulaski Day Parade is sponsored by the taxpayers of the County of Erie, Dr. Robert Smolinski , Ukrainian Federal Credit Union, Cheektowaga Councilman Jerry Kaminski, WIVB TV and Time Warner Cable.

The General Pulaski Association, which organizes the parade, will offer an impressive array of Pulaski Day Honorary Grand Marshals:

*Acting Consul General of Poland Honorable Mateusz Stasiek. Stasiek was previously Deputy Consul General of Poland in charge of Polish community cooperation.

* Bishop John Mack of the Polish National Catholic Church. Mack has served as Bishop Ordinary of the Central Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church since 2012 with the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese.

*Restaurateur Russsell Salvatore, who owns and operates Russell’s Steaks Chops and More on Transit Road in Williamsville.

*Don Postles. Postles anchors for WIVB TV 4 newscasts at 5, 6 and 11. He has interviewed Polish President Lech Walesa in Poland on many occasions.

* Loretta Swit; Swit co-starred in the TV show *M*A*S*H* playing the role of Major “Hot Lips”

Pic Loretta Swit will appear in the 78th annual Pulaski Day Parade
Loretta Swit will appear in the 78th annual Pulaski Day Parade
Houlihan for which she won two Emmy Awards.

*Cheektowaga Councilman Jerry Kaminski. Kaminski is the owner of Kaminski and Sons Trucking Co., is former Deputy Supervisor of Cheektowaga, and is a Pulaski Parade Director.

*Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw. Mychajliw, the son of Polish and Ukrainian immigrants, before becoming Erie County Comptroller was an investigative journalist for Channel 2.

*Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills. Mills has served as a legislator for 11 years and Republican leader 9 years.

*Former Sheriff Thomas Higgins. Higgins was Sheriff from 1985 to 1997. He has served in law enforcement for 42 years, half that time as a Buffalo Police officer.

The Pulaski Association is headed by its president, Brian D. Rusk. The Parade Chair is Mira Szramel and the Co Chair is Edward Reska, Jr.

The General Pulaski Association has budgeted $6,000 in parade prizes. Veteran units, firefighters, religious organizations, bands, floats, corporate floats and unique units are still welcome. Those interested should call Parade Chair Mira Szramel 681-6739 or email