Local jazz trumpeter Lew Custode will once again donate his talents to help raise funds for this year's Salvation Army Christmas Fund Drive. Custode, best known for his work with the Barroom Buzzards (Buffalo Music Hall of Fame) and The Custode & Parisi Jazz Trio (Best Jazz Act, Artvoice Best of Buffalo 2011), will perform holiday music at various Salvation Army kettle stand locations throughout Niagara County.
This is the fifth year that the jazz musician will participate in the fundraiser, giving the charity organization a different spin on its popular holiday bell ringer presentation.
Custode is proud to participate and donate his time, saying, "It was nice to see so many friends stop by the kettle, catch up on old times and most importantly contribute to the fundraiser. It is very rewarding to participate, and it is my way of giving back to the community that I grew up in."
This year, the Salvation Army kettle stands will be set up at all Tops Niagara Falls and Lewiston locations, as well as Sam's Club, Wal-Mart, Kmart and Hobby Lobby in Niagara Falls. Custode will play at various locations through Dec. 25.