There had been so many wonderful things at Renegade Craft Fair that it was hard to take it all in at once. But the one thing that really caught my attention was the marching band that went round on Saturday. The Providence based rowdy misfit What Cheer? Brigade certainly was unlike any marching band I’ve ever seen. A self-described “Luddite Hardcore” 19-piece band that rocked hard without the aid of electricity. I wished they’d stick around for the duration of the fair, but whatever glimpse I got of them made me a fan for life!

Here’s a little homage to What Cheer?

They’re not based on any particular band member, as painting all 19 of them would certainly do me in…

This certainly made me want to dust off my old flute and get back into the game. Yes, I realize a flute doesn’t quite have the same dramatic impact as say, a sousaphone, but it’s still a step in the right direction, right?

The What Cheer? Brigade in all their glory.