The Decayed Brigade
History of the Brigade
Back in 2013, Knott's Scary Farm veteran Gary "Spaz" Davis was approached by a new haunt event and was asked to team up with some very inexperienced sliders that called themselves the "Scream Team" and participate in a slider show at their event. The only expectation this new event had was that Gary would help train these inexperienced sliders to do what sliders at Knott's Scary Farm used to do during the pre-show of the hanging in the late 1990's. It was quite disorganized and a bit chaotic. This was the first time anything like this had been attempted outside an actual theme park Halloween event. People ended up loving the show and a small cult like following began to develop. The crew did such a great job that the event asked the sliders back the following year. The following year the Decayed Brigade was formed.
Once the group was formed they began to rehearse shows months in advance, along with training, cardio, putting moves and skill challenges to customized music, trying new tricks, pushing their bodies to the limit, adding choreography and trying to develop and tell a story during shows. They developed a saying, "One Team, One Scream". This means a lot to the squad. To them it means one goal, no egos, have fun and have an expectation to push each other to the next level. They truly see themselves as a family. Over the last 2 years as previously mentioned, they have been asked to perform at Midsummer Scream and Scare LA. Last year in 2016 the Brigade was invited to perform at Queen Mary's Dark Harbor (www.queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor/) for one night along with a one night performance at Stokercon.
The Decayed Brigade currently has over 1,000 social media followers (decayedbrigadeofficial on Instagram), has been invited to train and choreograph a show at Six Flags Texas and has been asked to perform two separate private haunts during the 2017 Halloween season. Long time member Paul "Spatz" Frechette says, "This team has blossomed into something none of us ever thought would have been possible. We have become the pioneers to a sport we all love so much."
This team wants to take these shows nationwide. They have dreams of performing in the capital of Halloween in the United States, Salem, Massachusetts along with signing a contract with a theme park to perform shows during the theme parks Halloween season. Several sliders have been recruited through the years to join the group. They don't always look for the best sliders to join the group as sliding can be taught, but before you can be selected as a member you must be voted in unanimously. Some of the things the group looks for when selecting a new slider is the sliders humility, willingness to learn and positive attitude. This group will continue to grow and push sliding to the limits. This year there will be new tricks, new shows, higher jumps and a quest to become the first slider to clear 13 other brigade members on a single slide. 2017 looks to be the greatest year ever for this group, this family. The Decayed Brigade.
Meet the Team
Are you ready to meet the team? Below each photo you will learn a little bit about each member. You will learn their name, haunt or slider name, how many years they've been with the team, what they do in their day job and answers to some fun questions.
Please enjoy and when you see these men and women performing during their shows, get loud for them and let them know how much you appreciate all their hard work. Thank you.
Images from Decayed Brigade Practice
Below you will find images from some recent Decayed Brigade practices. These are warm up photos, jump photos, candid shots and some photos of the team trying new things. None of what you see below are spoilers from the up coming shows. Those are a secret and nothing is being revealed ahead of time. This group has put in a lot of effort for these shows and we don't want to ruin any surprises they may have for all of you. Hope you enjoy.