VET­ERAN MUSICIAN PASSES

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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