Arts and Culture
Thu June 26, 2014
Denver's Junk Band Orchestra: for the youth!
The Junk Band Orchestra builds their instruments from junk. It's about young people redeeming broken things. Producer Shawn Palmer and a couple of members from the band visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with news of their first CD release.
"We're out to prove you don't need a lot of money to make really good music," said Palmer. "The music coming from the musician - that's the most important thing."
On this audio feature, Junk Band Orchestra bassist Cole Stucz demonstrated the acoustic sound of a three-string bass made from an empty five-gallon water jug and a piece of 2x4. Other instruments are demonstrated, too. The JBO strives to spend less than $25 on every instrument they reclaim or build.
Coverage of other "junk" bands around the world:
- CBS "60 Minutes" story on "The Recyclers" in Paraguay
- NPR: Artist transforms guns to make music - literally
Young people wanting music lessons and training in the art of instrument-making from trash, background, events and links to get their CD available at The Junk Band Orchestra Facebook page.
Music on this feature from The Junk Band Orchestra's new CD: "Random Muse."