Meet the Pros
with Bash the Trash
John Bertles and Carina Piaggio are the co-directors of Bash the Trash, a national performing ensemble that inspires, educates, and entertains using musical instruments built from recycled and reused materials. Bash the Trash focuses on how the arts and sciences work together, creating a mixture of sound, science, and sustainability. Formed in 1992, the ensemble’s performances, educational programs, and social initiatives reach more than 50,000 children and their families annually, as well as many more people indirectly through professional development, curriculum design, and consulting services.