The band rarely employs the traditional snare or bass. Instead, the musicians rock out on plastic buckets, trash cans, ladders, mortar casings and 50-gallon containers.
The drummers also "play" spark-emitting power tools, deliver a beatbox "vocal artillery" session and even hit themselves to make noise.
Drummers Justin Spencer and Ryan Vezina, DJ Pharaoh and guitar player Jim Magoon will perform their live show 8 p.m. Saturday on the campus of York College in the parking lot of Penn and Beard halls.
Jamie Calamis, a junior who works with college's the Campus Activities Board, said Recycled Percussion was a hit when they performed on campus two years ago.
"We wanted to have them again because people loved them so much," Calamis said.
"They're kind of like the Broadway show 'Stomp' but with buckets and garbage pails and ladders and stuff like that. They're climbing all over and definitely all really in good shape."
The band's sound is sometimes compared to "Stomp" or the Vegas-style Blue Man Group, but Spencer says that's not quite accurate.
"We aren't a dance show," he told "Drumhead" magazine. "This is a rock show with intense drumming."
A few years back, the band decided to add some structure, dropping a drummer and adding a DJ, who gave them a melody to complement the percussion.
Spencer is titled as the "World's Fastest Extreme Drummer," and the band has opened for acts such as Godsmack, 311 and L.L. Cool J and played NFL half-time shows.
The performance is part of York College's annual Spring Weekend, which includes a formal dance at the Outdoor Country Club on Friday and a slate of activities Saturday, Calamis said.
- MELISSA NANN BURKE, FLIPSIDE STAFF
If you go
WHAT: Recycled Percussion
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: The parking lot of Penn and Beard halls at York College, 441 Country Club Road in Spring Garden Township
DETAILS: 815-1473 or recycledpercussionband.com