Thieves steal thousands in equipment from band during performance

By: Gabriel Roxas Email
By: Gabriel Roxas Email

Things were looking up for The Medley Boys. The country music band from Mount Vernon just signed a recording deal in Nashville, but at a time when The Medley Boys need to be at the top of their game, thieves stole thousands of dollars in equipment from the band's trailer on Saturday night during a performance at the Galaxy Bowling Center in Richmond.

"One of the drums, one of the tom drums that was stolen looks exactly like this one," drummer Josh Bray said holding up one of his remaining drums, "It's just a little bit smaller, so that's kind of a red flag if somebody is trying to sell just one drum like this."

Because the concert sold out, the band parked its trailer further away from the building than they normally would, outside the range of security cameras. "We noticed on one of the locks that it had a lot of pry marks on it," Lead singer Jason Medley said, "so I'm assuming they, with a hammer and a pry bar, they broke the lock loose."

The Medley Boys aren't the only ones hurt by the crime. "In the past four years, doing benefits, I'm thinking for families we've raised 25-to-30-thousand dollars," Medley estimated.

The same day of the theft, the band had played a benefit concert to help tornado victims in East Bernstadt, but now if a call came to help someone in need... "As of right now, we haven't got the equipment to go help those people," Medley said.

"All of my drum cases were stolen," Bray said, "and you know, the cases that I had, they were basically a little over a thousand dollars, just for all the cases."

In the meantime the band is determined to play on even if it means delicately stacking their remaining equipment and hoping for the best. "It is very expensive to be a starving artist," Bray said.

The following items were reported missing: an SKB Roto-X molded black plastic drum case, approximately 24" x 30"; two SKB Roto-X molded black plastic drum cases, approximately 18" x 20"; an SKB Roto-X molded black plastic drum case, approximately 15" x 15"; an SKB Roto-X molded black plastic drum case, approximately 13" x 14"; a Drum Workshop (DW) 10" Tom drum; a 14" x 6" snare drum, possibly a Hondo brand in an SKB Roto-X case; a microphone case; three Shure microphones; a Peavey 600-watt power amplifier; five 50-foot speakon cables; two SKB row cases; a microphone cord case containing 10 cables; and miscellaneous parts and accessories.

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