A banging and crashing sound came from Southland Books recently, but it wasn’t noise…it was music.
The Trash Can Band of Fort Loudoun Middle School performed at the packed bookstore along with Maryville favorite Pistol Creek Catch of the Day on Feb. 21 to promote the April Foolies talent show. April Foolies will be Saturday, April 4, at Maryville College’s Alumni Gym.
Parents of the students who performed along with Trash Can band coach Scott Hinds praised the group.
Richard Burch’s son Joe is in the Trash Can Band. Burch said his son loves the experience. “He’s fired up,” Burch said.
Burch credited Hinds, a sixth grade language arts teacher, for creating the band and teaching the teens how to make music on the trash receptacles. “I give props to Scott Hinds. He goes way above and beyond the call of duty to make sure they get gigs,” Burch said.
Debra Maynard’s son is in the Trash Can Band. “I think it’s good,” Debra Maynard said. Maynard was at the 2008 April Foolies when the Trash Can Band took top honors. She enjoyed watching them perform at April Foolies. “That was the first time I’d been to April Foolies. I enjoyed the different bands.”
Burch praised Pistol Creek for playing at Southland and for promoting April Foolies. “How about Pistol Creek Catch of the Day! They’re a great act,” he said. “April Foolies is a good thing for the community. Everyone should come.”
Hinds, who also plays stand up bass with Pistol Creek, told the audience he and his Trash Can Band were ready to compete at this year’s April Foolies. “The standards are high,” he said. “We’re going to defend our first place title from last year.”
Rebekkah Hilgraves said she enjoyed Pistol Creek and the Trash Can Band as well as Southland Books. “This is the first time I’ve been to Southland. They obviously have a good time,” she said. “I love this place. It’s an underground cultural oasis of Maryville.”
Southland owner Lisa Misowsky said she didn’t hesitate to hold the April Foolies promotion concert at her store because the show benefits children in the community through United Way and the Success by Six program and New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center. “It’s the obligation business have to give back to the community and not just take,” she said. “It’s good sense and good business.”
Susan and Elwood Harris moved to Blount County from Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. The couple sat in lawn chairs near the stage and enjoyed the show. They said that hearing Pistol Creek Catch of the Day and feeling the rumble as the Trash Can Band played took them back to being in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. “Just feeling that vibration reminds you of Mardi Gras,” Susan Harris said.
Pistol Creek front man Edward Harper, said the band got to see the Trash Can Band perform and saw many of the parents of Fort Loudoun Middle School students who perform in the band. “It’s good to see we’ve got other counties invested in helping support agencies and services for children,” he said. “We’re proud to have Loudon County involved.”
Carl Gombert plays banjo and washboard for Pistol Creek and said he enjoys the camaraderie in the band. “I just love playing with those guys. We always have a great time playing, and I hope people pick up on that.”
Bill Cabage plays guitar for Pistol Creek and said Pistol Creek always looks forward to playing April Foolies. “It’s always a big crowd and all the other acts there are as crazy as we are,” he said. “We’ve got a grudge match against the Trash Can Band,” he joked.
Hinds started the Trash Can Band about a year ago. The band has a federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant to pay expenses as an afterschool club.
Hinds said his students have worked hard this year. “We’re trying a whole lot of new stuff, things we’ve never done before,” he said.
The language arts teacher said that up until this year the students have always played their trash cans sitting down. “It was about the rhythm. Now they’re standing up, and it’s more choreographed. It’s not only rhythm, it’s visual this year,” he said. “This year, we’ve got the cymbals - the trash can lids - we’ve never had before.”
The Trash Can Band has had some high profile gigs across the area. They played at the Lady Vols vs. Duke game recently. Hinds said talks are under way with the Smokies baseball team and the Trash Can Ban may play one or two games at the stadium in Sevier County this season.
For information about Pistol Creek, call 865-256-3408. For information about the Trash Can Band, call 865-458-2026.
Tickets for April Foolies are on sale now at Blount Today, New Hope Children’s Advocacy Center, Dandy Lions, Southland Books and United Way of Blount County.
The annual charity event showcases local talent who is not afraid to be a “Fool” for local children in hopes of raising big funds for children. In addition to Pistol Creek and the Trash Can Band, some of the favorite returning acts are Allison Bradley and The Maryville Wildman Darrell Self. The master of ceremonies for the event is Walker Johnson, and there will be a special appearance by Sammy “Barney Fife” Sawyer.
Tickets are $10 per person or $5 for students and seniors.
For more information about April Foolies or to become a sponsor, call 865-981-2000 or 865-982-2251.