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Optical Drive keeps the music coming

'It's about having fun'

Rehearsing recently at an undisclosed location (they don’t want adoring fans or complaining neighbors to know exactly where) are Optical Drive members Gary Peck, Larry “Butch” MacDonald, Rob Honohan, Steve Lavoie, and Kent Davey. Mark Ashton. (click for larger version)
July 12, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — They might have been called The Lucky Dogs, or Band of Brothers, or even Five Guys with their Egos in Check, but they settled on Optical Drive as a show of respect for their local roots (they hail from far and wide – from Southbridge all the way to … Sturbridge) and for their strong ties to the community.

Those ties include participation in church choirs, jobs on the fire department, a seat on the Town Council, and musical roots that can be traced back to elementary school.

Steve Lavoie, for example, at the age of eight, wanted to learn to play the drums, but his parents – considering what percussion can do to a family's sanity – suggested he take up the saxophone instead. After his first, and only, attempt to play the sax at home, however, they reconsidered: "You can play the drums," they told him.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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