When Jack Berry and his friends formed their band, they set a simple requirement for people who wanted to join.
"You didn't have to be able to play an instrument," Berry said. "You just had to build one."
In the five years since, the Garbage-Men have become one of the Bradenton area's best-known bands. Besides playing regularly at venues and events around here (including Tropical Heatwave in Tampa and Snooty's birthday party in Bradenton), they've performed on "America's Got Talent," NPR and CNN, at the New York City Hall of Science, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta and at the Orlando Science Center. They did all that while they were still in high school.
Now the Garbage-Men have finished high school and they're heading off to college. Some of them will be leaving town.
They're celebrating their graduation with a concert Saturday night at Fogartyviille Community Music and Arts Center in Sarasota.
They still make their own instruments, all built from reclaimed trash. (Berry rocks a cereal-box guitar.) They give all the money from their CDs to a non-profit that donates farm animals to people in poor countries.
"We want to show people that there's more to recycling than just throwing stuff in a bin," Berry said. "You can be creative and find new ways to use things."
Details: 8 p.m. June 7, Fogartyville Community Music and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota. Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Information: 941-894-6469, wslr.org.
-- Marty Clear