Vocal Trash spreads message of sustainability (video)

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:13 a.m.
Updated Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:14 a.m.

Strumming guitars made of landfill-rescued gas cans, Vocal Trash cast members, Greg Dugan and Larry Parish screamed across a darkened auditorium, "Let's get ready to rumble!"

As Dugan and Parish picked their instrument strings and danced in lockstep to the beat, an audience of more than 100 elementary and middle school students cheered inside the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

Vocal Trash castmates - comprised of Dugan Parish, Kelsey Rae, Steve Linder and Pablo Barracuda - moved across the stage banging their recycled instruments with fervor, while singing Top-40 pop hits fused with green-living subtext.

"You've kind of got to train your parents. If you remind them to bring in those reusable bags, you're going to save a ton and tons of waste. Plastic bags never go away," said lead singer, Rae, who also directs choreography for the group. "Please, you guys will change the world."

Sage Harrison, a Victoria West student and Team Lorax volunteer, said the Vocal Trash performance is a great way to spread the message of environmentally-friendly living to students.

"They were very energetic and talented," Harrison, 16, said. "We need to keep in mind that the Earth won't be here forever and it's our responsibility to keep it."

Team Lorax is West's exclusive environmental club, that performs Earth-conscious community service.

"The show was good. They showed us how to make something useful out of garbage. Everything they got is from a junkyard," said West junior and the current Miss Victoria, Bethany Garza, 16.

While waiting for the show to begin, Cade seventh-grader, Robert Mejia, said shows like Vocal Trash are important for youth to see because it can inspire enthusiasm about taking care of the environment.

"It's such a good thing for everyone. It's here to help show you what you can do with the environment," said Robert, a self-described environmentalist. "All of us can do better with the environment. Whoever doesn't care about it needs to learn."

The Dallas-based Vocal Trash will spend the next few weeks touring Texas and dancing for a green cause.

"It's up to you. You're the future," Rae said.



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