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

2020 Season Cancellation Due to COVID-19

Fredonia Farm Festival Parade 2019

The WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps regret to announce we are cancelling our 2020 parade season.  In the face of this global pandemic the most responsible thing to do for the safety of our members is simply not be in close proximity to each other or the public.  Reports from parade organizers are that they are cancelling their events to comply with social distancing guidelines and the Corps board agrees that it is necessary that we also follow these guidelines until such time as we have a way to combat this virus in a way that does not threaten the health of our members.  

There are some undeniable truths about bugles.  We are pushing as much air from our lungs around as we can!  This is definitely a problem regarding the spread of COVID-19.

In the meantime, we hope to engage with Corps members remotely throughout the summer and try to keep our spirits and our chops up so that whenever we can perform again we will be ready to go.  Anyone interested in contacting the Corps can reach us at  

Thank you and stay safe.  We hope to make music and perform in local parades with you all again soon!

WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps Board


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 You don’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!

Cassadaga Labor Day Festival returns

CASSADAGA — Cassadaga will be hosting its annual Labor Day Festival on Sunday Sept. 1 and Monday Sept. 2.

The action begins on Sunday with the Farmers Market at Ames Common 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs and other local items will be there. Next is the boat parade. Mardi Gras is the theme, so deck your boat (any kind) out and meet at the DEC launch at 4 p.m. There will be prizes! The parade will travel to Cassadaga Beach to the floating stage. The best viewing for the boat parade is at Cassadaga Beach on Park Ave. Then a free concert with “Dos,” a two-man rock and roll extravaganza will be playing all your favorite classic rock and oldies. They will be playing from 5-7 p.m. and Stanfield’s Hotdogs and Lemonade Stand will be there, too. Bring a blanket or chair or come by boat whether you are part of the parade or not.

On Monday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a craft and vendor show at Ames Common. Kev’s Kitchen with his famous Cajun food will be there. At 11 a.m. a grand parade will march down Maple Avenue. 

At noon, the cultural phenomenon — the Ducky Derby, will take place at the bridge on Maple Avenue and Mill Street, sponsored by the Cassadaga Lakes Association. Buy your tickets for this at Shurfine, at the craft and vendor show or call the Ducky Derby hotline at 410-0673. Prizes include a first prize of $200 along with other donated gifts and certificates from local businesses. This is CLA’s largest fundraiser of the year.

The CLA is a nonprofit organization that works to protect and enhance the three connected Cassadaga Lakes. Yearly projects include weed harvesting, water quality testing and education programs to help keep the waters safe and clean. Those wishing for more information on the CLA can visit their website at: or on Facebook.

For more information on the Ducky Derby, contact Julie VanValkenburg, chairwoman at 410-0673 or email her at

The fun is not over yet! At 1:30, starting at the beach on Park Avenue is the walk/run/bike dice roll! Registration is at 1 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 16. This event is a 5K around the lake. You choose how you want to travel (walk, run or bicycle). Participants stop at stations around the lake, roll the dice and tally their scores. Cash prizes for high and low scores and more! 

To close out the summer, there will be Flares on the Lakes at 8 p.m. This is a sight to behold and can be witnessed from all around the lake. If anyone wants to purchase flares, please call 673-6649.

The Cassadaga Labor Day Festival is sponsored by the Citizens for a Better Cassadaga, Cassadaga Lakes Association and the Village of Cassadaga. For more information, please call 665-8855.

WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps readies for 2019 season

MAY 1, 2019

The WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps has been preparing for the 2019 season with regular rehearsals at the Elks lodge on Central Avenue since January this year.

Continuing the long tradition of Drum Corps in the area, The WNY Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps is a corps that has members of all ages and experience who are interested in having fun, marching in parades, and making music.

Dave Fridmann, Corps Director, offered his overview of this year’s corps, “We’ve been growing little by little for over the past few years. This year’s corps has really solidified as a unit. Our retention has created a consistency in our performance that has not been possible in the past.” he stated. “Our sound and musicality are on a new level that we have never been able to achieve before.”

The group is seeking new members to be part of the alumni family. The next practice is May 7, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 428 Central Ave., Dunkirk, and the first parade is Memorial Day in Dunkirk. If interested, contact the corps at

Have fun this summer. Join today!

Lineup For Saturday’s Babe Ruth World Series Parade Announced

The lineup for Saturday’s parade as part of the Babe Ruth World Series has been announced.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. along Third Street, which will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. from Hallock to the end at Second Street. Participants are asked to line up no later than 8:30 a.m. and asked that candy be handed out, not thrown.

The line up is as follows:

¯ Unit 1 — Jamestown Police Department Honor Guard

¯ Unit 2 — Grand marshall in Babe Ruth’s limo — Frank Stefanelli

¯ Unit 3 — John Labardo driving Robert Faherty

¯ Unit 4 — Dave Warren Dodge escorting Babe Ruth tournament director Eugene Reynolds

¯ Unit 5 — Dave Warren Dodge escorting babe ruth task force member Warren Bumpus

¯ Unit 6 — Jamestown Babe Ruth World Series board of directors

¯ Unit 7 — Jamestown High School Marching Band under the direction of Meghan Murray

¯ Unit 8 — local city/county/state elected officials with Abe Lincoln (Jeff Bloomquist)

¯ Unit 9 — Ohio Valley regional champions – Northwest indiana rippers from crown point, indiana

¯ Unit 10 — Jamestown Babe Ruth league players and coaches

¯ Unit 11 — Middle atlantic regional champions — West Penn from Williamsport, Pa.

¯ Unit 12 — 96th Higlanders Pipes and Drum

¯ Unit 13 — Jamestown Howdah

¯ Unit 14 — WNY state champions – Onondaga Babe Ruth from Onondaga

¯ Unit 15 — Jamestown Fire Department

¯ Unit 16 — New England regional champions — Lynn Allstars from Lynn, Ma.

¯ Unit 17 — Meals on Wheels

¯ Unit 18 — Host team – southern tier representing Chautuaqua and Cattaragus counties

¯ Unit 19 — 23 Skidoo band

¯ Unit 20 — Ambucs / Lakewood area Buddy Walk riding bicycles

¯ Unit 21 — Midwest plains regional champions — Charleston fighting squirrels – charleston, mo

¯ Unit 22 — Chautauqua Area Scholarship Program

¯ Unit 23 — Falconer-Frewsburg Blue and Gold Vanguard Marching Band

¯ Unit 24 — Pacific northwest regional champions — Columbia Basin Riverdogs – Columbia, Wa.

¯ Unit 25 — Jamestown Municipal Band

¯ Unit 26 — Vikings float – valkommen to Jamestown; celebrating the area’s heritage

¯ Unit 27 — Southwest regional champions – Alabama Rawdogs from Mobile, Ala

¯ Unit 28 — Falconer Little League

¯ Unit 29 — Falconer-Frewsburg Blue and Gold Vanguard marching band

¯ Unit 29 — Mutt Cutts van from the movie “Dumb and Dumber” sponsored by the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Center for Comedy

¯ Unit 30 — Pacific southwest regional champions — northwest Bakerfield Blues From Bakersfield, Ca.

¯ Unit 31 — Jamestown Soap Box Derby

¯ Unit 32 — the alumni of WNY drum and bugle corps

¯ Unit 33 — Southeast regional champions — northern Fairfax County from Fairfax, Va.