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About Us ...
We are originally from Trinidad & Tobago, which is an island off the coast of Venezuela. The country is one of the most prosperous island nations in the Caribbean, primarily due to its offshore petroleum, natural gas production and processing.
We are part of a musically inclined family, of which our late father, Cyril Diaz, was a famous musician in Trinidad. The Trinidad & Tobago government honored Dad by giving him the prestigious Hummingbird Award, the highest award in the country; for his contribution in promoting his Caribbean culture and music.
We began our musical career by performing with our Dad, and later expanded on our own. Leaving Trinidad for the Bahama Islands in the early 1970's. We were discovered there by then Western New Yorker, John J. Piazza, who sponsored us to come to the United States to perform in his restaurant, "The Showboat", located at the foot of Hertel Avenue, on the west side of the city of Buffalo, New York. Yes, you read correctly, BUFFALO, NEW YORK. Our home base is still in Buffalo.
We have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Newfoundland, Japan, South Korea and Dubai of the United Arab Emirates. We have performed for military bases, sheiks, politicians, universities, colleges, schools, country clubs, local and state fairs, festivals, conventions, fundraisers, banquets, trade and travel shows, club engagements, weddings and receptions, graduation parties, children's shows and birthday parties.
We have been nominated to the Music Hall of Fame, Buffalo, NY. We received the first place winner of the 1994 World Beat Band category, Buffalo New York Music Awards.
We were the opening act for the following: Lou Rawls, The Lettermen, Maxi Priest, Big Mountain, Sparrow and Patra. We were the featured group at: Cricket World Cup Millennium Celebration, The World Sports Games, Chautauqua Institute, Tahoe Arts Project, The Citadel and Miss Universe of 1978, who was from Trinidad & Tobago.
Our performances also include: Board of Education, Buffalo, NY Bilingual Program, State of New York Narcotics Addiction Control, Masten Park Rehab Center, Caribbean Culture of Buffalo, NY, The Lupus Foundation, Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, Salvation Army, Taste of Buffalo, Jimmy Buffett Parrot Head Club of Western New York, Underground Railroad, M&T Concert series, Youngstown Concert series, Blasdell Concert series, Orchard Park Pavilion Concert series, Lackawanna Concert series, Jellystone Resort, Jim Kelly's Hunter's Hope Foundation and Candlelight Ball, Make-a-wish Foundation, Lafayette Square concert, The Trafalmadore and The Colored Musicians Club.
On our 40th Anniversary, Mayor Byron W. Brown of Buffalo, NY, proclaimed Saturday, October 20, 2007, as "Paul Ferrette's Caribbean Extravaganza Day" in the city of Buffalo, and extended a sincere thank you to the late great Cyril Diaz for sharing his love of music with his son, Paul.
Our core group consists of:
Shemika: She plays the keyboard, percussion, sings and is our limbo dancer. She was on the Live! With Regis & Kelly Show on Thursday, September 16th, 2010. She became the Guinness World Record holder for lowest female limbo at 8.5"!!! You read correctly, 8.5". Most recently, she acquired another Guinness World Record for the longest limbo. She achieved that record in China. Our sincere congratulations to this young woman. We're extremely proud of her accomplishments and wish her all the best in all of her endeavors. She is the daughter of Sherrie and sister of Curton.
Isaac: is truly the YOUNGEST member of this band. He is SIX years old and plays Hot! Hot! Hot! and Lambada on the tenor steel drum. He is remarkable and takes his performance very seriously. He is the brother of Darrmor and a son of Prince Pablo and Mornalisa Ferrette.
Contact our Business Manager, Bobby Dee at:
Caribbean Extravaganza Steel Drum Band
2003 Como Park Blvd
Lancaster, NY 14086
Phone/Fax: 716 684-8311
Cell Phone: 716 912-8130
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This website is dedicated to our late father, Cyril Diaz
In loving memory of John J, Piazza, Sr., our mentor, our sponsor and our surrogate parent. Rest in peace, JJ. December 2, 1938 – October 3, 2016