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Recycled Percussion take over LES

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

Justin Spence and Ryan Vezina of Recycled Percussion take over the Principal's office at the Lancaster Elementary School on April 9. (Photo by Tara Giles) (click for larger version)
April 17, 2019
LANCASTER — It's never a bad day when rock stars take over your school. The guys from the famous band Recycled Percussion, with their spiked hair, tattoos, brightly colored clothing and confident personalities took over the Lancaster Elementary School last Monday afternoon.

This appearance was a surprise for the students. At around 1 p.m., Justin Spence, the band's lead percussionist, and Ryan Vezina, co-lead, took to Interim Principal Kerry Sheehan's office and announced over the loud speaker that the band was 'in the house' and that an Easter egg hunt would soon ensue.

Moments later students could be heard throughout the hallways having a blast with smiles on their faces in search of colored eggs.

While the younger kids were egg hunting, Spence sat with the older students in a conference room where they discussed issues facing students their age. The perfect role models, the band makes success, empathy, healthy living and philanthropy look 'cool.'

After the egg hunts were completed, the entire school body, including faculty congregated in the gymnasium for a percussion session like never seen before. The duo banged on their drums in a sort of 'Simon Says' way to get the crowd laughing. Sticks were thrown up in the air and out into the audience and claps and 'hoorahs' were heard all around.

The band was brought in to uplift the students to improve and enhance the culture and climate of the school in collaboration between the Lancaster School administration and Kelly Dussault, the System of Care Grant Manager.

The band formed in Goffstown in 1995. In 1999, the group was featured in USA Today, then began touring just two years later. Currently, they have a regular show in Vegas. While in their off time they like to give back darting around the globe spreading 'Chaos and Kindness.' In December the group attempted a world record, to play in 25 countries in one week, to raise money for the bands seventh annual toy drive. They were successful and raised over $75,000.

While the band is known for its positive message, some parents were confused as to why some profanity was used during the assembly which no doubt came as a shock to staff and faculty as well.

Matin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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