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The Gratitude Steel Band
  • West Bloomfield, Mi
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands
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The band started in 1988. Chaz drugged by
the instrument and performed for top artists such as Aretha Franklin, Niki Giovanni, Nelson Mandela and many more! His heroes are Boogsie Sharpe, Emile Borde, his Uncle Ed Peters pan maker at Steel Tone Musical, and Cliff Alexis. His Christian
connections in Port of Spain is Rev. Daniel Parks, & Pan Trinbago staff, Ralph Taylor, Marcus Belgrave,, Wayne State University and many more! He taught a group of 12 Rights of Passage students at Greater Christ Baptist Church to play steel drums. 2 are full time from that and one also plays bass for Ne yo. After head injury from a car accident, Chaz thought of starting a steel band as a thanksgiving tool. After writing arrangements & teaching high school steel bands, he decided to teach his own family. Today the youngest girl Janiela, has been performing & singing 17 years, The youngest Dajhumbay is 17 plays lead & singing for 13 years & since the age of 1 on jembora & djembe'. The band performs churches, corporate, weddings, festivals & does sound tracks for stories, film and more They can be reached in the U. S. cell 313-268-9468
His wife Loretta Russell helped to start & keeps the band together through the many full time see saw experiences.

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