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After Eighteen Years of Faithful Service, Tom Brusky Band Gets Booted from West Allis Concerts
May 2, 2017

I am sad to report that after eighteen years of performing for the summer concerts at Vet's Park in West Allis, we've been let go from the annual lineup. Earlier this year I was informed that the Mayor of West Allis, Dan Devine, had decided to make some changes to the concerts. I did not know what any of the changes were until I learned yesterday morning that we were one of two bands indefinitely dismissed from the concert series to make way for two new bands.

My band's dismissal from the band lineup came as quite a surprise considering that we have been playing these summer concerts for so long. It was in 1999 when Barbara Lane, who was relocating to Arizona, graciously offered us her band's spot in the lineup. For the next seventeen years, my band faithfully entertained at these concerts, only missing one year (2012) due to a scheduling conflict that was beyond our control.

The summer concerts in West Allis provided my band with the ideal venue to showcase our talent and repertoire to the general public. I always put together the best musicians, regularly bringing in out-of-town sidemen at my own expense. I trailered in a full-range, bi-amplified PA system with subwoofers to give my audiences true, concert-quality audio. As a resident of West Allis for nearly twenty years and a 25-year patron of my band's concert co-sponsor, Tri-City National Bank, the sudden loss of this concert was completely unexpected.

To add insult to injury, I was told that if my band was interested in playing for these concerts in the future, we could be placed on a "waiting list."

To the roughly two-hundred people who looked forward to hearing us perform every year at Vet's Park, I can only say how sorry I am that my band is no longer invited to play for these concerts. It was a fun ride, and I am grateful for the eighteen years I've had, but now it's up to some of the polka bands that have come after us to carry on the tradition. Please give them your full support.

If you have any concerns or opinions you would like to share with the mayor in regard to the changes to the summer concerts, please contact:

Dan Devine, Mayor of West Allis
Phone: (414) 302-8290
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