Recycled Percussion

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Recycled Percussion
OriginManchester, New Hampshire
GenresInstrumental Rock
InstrumentsDrums, electric guitar
Years active1995—present
WebsiteOfficial website

Recycled Percussion is a Manchester, New Hampshire-based band. The group was originally formed in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

History[edit]

Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion in 1995 for a high school talent show.[1] Spencer, looking to be more creative than using traditional instruments, took the idea of playing buckets, which was introduced to him in the subways of New York City. Spencer then added more and more instruments to the show and expanded on the New York style of street percussion.[2] Spencer specialized in using recycled materials to build instruments.[3][4]

The band started to take off in 1999 when they were featured on the cover of USA Today.[5][6] Recycled Percussion began touring the country in 2001.[7][8] The group continued to tour for 10 years until they made their debut on season 4 of the television show America's Got Talent.[9] The group auditioned with over hundred acts and became the then-highest placed non-singing act to ever compete in the series' history, finishing third.[10] They lost this distinction when Olate Dogs won season seven in 2012.

Afterwards, they began to work with Jerry Springer on a live version of “America’s Got Talent".[11] They spent three months performing at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and one month performing the live show at MGM Grand Foxwoods in Connecticut. In 2010, the band sealed a deal with the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to have their own show.[12]

After runs of shows at the MGM, Tropicana and The Quad on the Las Vegas Strip, they last moved the show to the Saxe Theater at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip. Their interactive show features the audience being given drumsticks and other unique instruments, incorporating non-traditional items like power tools, ladders, buckets and trashcans.

Members[edit]

Justin Spencer - Lead Percussionist, Group Founder. "Mr. Red"
Ryan Vezina - Lead Percussionist, Body Percussion Specialist. "Mr. Blue"
Matt Bowman - Guitar player, Percussionist, 80s Primal Screamer, Slinky Master. "Mr. Black"
Jason Davies - DJ, Percussionist, Dancer. "Mr. Green"

Former members[edit]

Todd "DJ Pharoah" Griffin - DJ, Percussionist
Jim Magoon - Electronic Guitar player
Jerami Bellofatto - DJ

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paulu, Tom. "Recycled Percussion: Their music is garbage, and fans love it".
  2. ^ Wright, Diane (April 21, 2004). "Group pounds out career in music world: Recycled Percussion doesn't need a drum set", Seattle Times, p. H29.
  3. ^ "Band Shows Way To Reuse Refuse".
  4. ^ Whitney, D. Quincy (April 4, 1999). "Old stuff makes new statement: Artists make use of recycled objects", Boston Globe, p. 9.
  5. ^ Buckley, J. Taylor (May 27, 1999). "Behold the beauty that is the bucket", USA Today, p. B9.
  6. ^ "Recycled Percussion - The Secret Ingredient to a Successful Charity Event". 25 March 2017.
  7. ^ Hill, Jean Laquidara (February 7, 2002). "Junkyard rhythm has a great beat: Recycled Percussion draws crowd", Telegram & Gazette, p. B4.
  8. ^ "Recycled Percussion Interview - STEEZ MAGAZINE® - INFLUENTIAL CULTURE". www.steezminimag.com.
  9. ^ "America’s Got Talent: Make Some Noise For Recycled Percussion".
  10. ^ "'America's Got Talent' recap: And your winner is..."
  11. ^ "Jerry Springer to take 'America's Got Talent' on the road to Foxwood's MGM Grand". 11 January 2010.
  12. ^ "Bash ends for Recycled Percussion at Saxe Theater". 5 May 2017.

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