VETERAN MUSICIAN PASSES
The musical career of 69-year-old veteran drummer/percussionist Rudy Auguste spanned more than forty years. He started out as a singer with a group called Firebirds at the Blue Danube Club. He joined Boo and The Tru Tones in 1969 to fill the shoes of drummer and found himself in a creative niche as the band was then producing originals as well as covers of contemporary music in many genres.
Upon his departure from The Tru Tones he performed with Night Train, Nu Sonics, Luther Francois, Chapter 8, Graduates, Mad Monks, Third Eye, Equinox and Pan Sonic Steel Orchestra.
Auguste was a highly motivated individual and his penchant for loyalty and dedication, and discipline to his craft, placed him in high demand.
A recording drummer, within the last six months he was a member of Fifth Degree together with Winbert Felix on saxophone, Irwin Auguste on bass, Leroy joseph on keyboards and Minell Delice on vocals. Last May the group Fifth Degree made an impressive debut at the Vieux Fort Mouvman Ansamn. Its last performance was at the National Cultural Centre on July 17 when members were enthusiastically received by visiting French Carnivalists at a Welcome Ceremony attended by the Minister of Culture Senator Fortuna Belrose.
Auguste's drumming styles covered a broad spectrum of musical rhythms on congas, timbales, bongos and other hand percussive instruments. He toured widely with the groups he worked with leading to performances in the Region, the United States and Canada. He took up residency in Martinique for a short stint where he worked as a musician.
Fellow musicians in Saint Lucia's Musical Industry extend sincere condolences to Auguste's wife Laura and four children.
With the passing of Rudy Auguste, the musical community has lost an icon.