Fleet Week Music Competition: Firefighter band makes comeback – SILive.com

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — 4 metropolis firefighters from Staten Island, who’re a part of the band Group 26, performed their first gig within the final eight years on Sunday through the Fleet Week Music Competition.

The pageant, which was held at Flagship Brewery in Tompkinsville, was held from midday to six p.m., and featured a number of performances from stay native bands.

The firefighters stated they’ve been taking a break from acting at venues all through the 5 boroughs the final eight years whereas elevating their households. They began their band in 2007, taking part in quite a lot of rock-and-roll covers at Staten Island bars and events.

Fleet Week Music Competition was held at Flagship Brewery, Tompkinsville. Group 26, comprised of 4 FDNY firefighters carry out. Might 26, 2019. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

“All of us have youngsters and we’re married,” stated Frank Casertano, bass participant and firefighter at Engine 33 in Manhattan. “Elevating youngsters took precedent.”

Singer Keith Norris of Ladder 161 in Brooklyn stated once they had been provided to carry out on the music pageant this yr, it gave the band the motivation to begin training once more.

“We haven’t performed in eight years so that is our comeback,” stated Casertano. “We now have a reunion present booked in June.”

The reunion present for Group 26 can be on June 21 at Island Pour Home, Nice Kills, at about 9 p.m.

Fleet Week Music Festival was held at Flagship Brewery, Tompkinsville. Group 26, comprised of four FDNY firefighters perform. May 26, 2019. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Fleet Week Music Competition was held at Flagship Brewery, Tompkinsville. Group 26, comprised of 4 FDNY firefighters carry out. Might 26, 2019. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

The Fleet Week Music Competition was organized by Donna and Devin Cutugno. Beer was supplied by Flagship Brewery, whereas meals was provided by Metropolis Boy BBQ, O’Henry’s Publick Home and Flour and Oak.

Bands that performed through the occasion included Group 26, Youth Moose, Tina and the Stability, Joan Caddell and the Midnight Choir, American Cowl Story and The Bleeps, Sweeps and The Creeps.

“For 5 years we’ve been doing it and placing this collectively,” stated Donna Cutugno. “The bands play at no cost, they play as tribute to our army, to our service members. We’re anticipating 60 sailors. They eat and drink at no cost. It’s an actual neighborhood occasion.”

Fleet Week Music Festival was held at Flagship Brewery, Tompkinsville. This photo shows Devin Cutugno (bottom row, center) with several service members. May 26, 2019. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Fleet Week Music Competition was held at Flagship Brewery, Tompkinsville. This picture reveals Devin Cutugno (backside row, middle) with a number of service members. Might 26, 2019. (Staten Island Advance/Annalise Knudson)

Staten Islanders had been additionally capable of fill out thank-you postcards to service members, which might then be delivered to ships stationed on the borough.

NYC Veterans Alliance, a non-profit that’s devoted to public advocacy all through the 5 boroughs, was on the occasion to help service members.

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