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Joshua Sack, 22, Drummer for Philly Rock Band

May 15, 2008
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Joshua Sack, 22, the drummer for the Brakes, a Philadelphia rock band, died May 4 of acute myelogenous leukemia. He was a resident of Merion.

A graduate of Lower Merion High School, Sack played piano, upright bass and guitar as well as drums. He studied drums at Berklee College of Music in Boston for a year, but left school to tour with the Brakes, whose debut album, "A Tale of Two Cities," was released last week.

The band performed at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, in 2006 and at the Xponential Music Festival in Wiggins Park in Camden last summer. They began a U.S. tour this month in Dallas with substitute drummer Spencer Cohen.

The group's song "Special" was featured in an H&R Block TV commercial in 2006.

"A Tale of Two Cities" was recorded at the Milkboy Coffeehouse in Ardmore and at the Knitting Factory in New York.

Sack enjoyed a broad spectrum of music, including pop and rock, and played drums in the jazz band at Lower Merion High School.

He is survived by his parents, Joan Kellmer Sack and David H. Sack; brother William Sack; and grandmothers Marjorie Kellmer and Esther Sack.

Memorial donations can be sent to: the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or go to: www.leukemia-lymphoma.org. Condolences, memories or messages to the band can be sent to: management@brakesband.com.

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