The leaders Chaz and Loretta Russell were grounded in world music tours with Roy Brooks, Tito Puente', Max Roach, Aretha Franklin, Margie Joseph, T. J. Hemphill, Hugh Masekela and More!

Stevie Wonder, Len "Boogsie" Sharp, Ramsey Lewis, The Marley Family,  Chalkdust, Liam Teague, Trinidad Tripoli, Andre Crouch, Lena Horn and Roy Brooks, Mahalia Jackson,  Harold Mckinney, "Straight Ahead" are some of the inspired this groups colors of music and energy! Continued today by Bruno Mars and The News Boys

The Band started September 15, 1988... History below photo...

   

 

 

After a head concussion that left him speechless, Chaz Russell started The Gratitude Band in "thanksgiving of healing".  1 panist and 2 vocals,

they attempted to bring pan and gospel together. Although there were a few that admired the style, the band found itself fitting better with positive messages and getting people to release stress.

Today the band keeps light vibes at business events, rocks up celebrations such as birthday and graduations, and goes for the high energy music for marathons, tria-thalons and other sports events! Weddings are there specialty with fine music selections for ceremonies and showing off many styles from dinner to through the 1st dance and beyond.

The Gratitude Steel Band

began playing Wedding Ceremonies and Bar Mitzvahs and then The Detroit Auto Show, The Detroit Grand Prix and more...
The began playing for mayors, congressmen and senators and governors.

They've performed the National Arts Council in conjunction with Princeton and University of Michigan. Also performed univerisity commencement entertainment across the US.

They were part of school judging in Trinidad and Tobago 🇹🇹 for competitions leading toward Panorama.

They've performed for inmates, elderly, the handicapped and numerous race entertainment for disease cures and fun raising.

They've taught steel pan to 3rd graders up to high school. They've
taught adults and a senior steel band from ages 75-95....

They've written a book called

"Discover The Steel Drums" has done numerous cds and videos.

The Gratitude Steel Band plays and sings these styles.... ! Calypso, Reggae, Hawaiian, Gospelypso, Jazz, African,  Salsa, Latin and old and new  Many American Popular Dance Tunes.

For more info please go to archives on YouTube of old videos and write ups.

began playing Wedding Ceremonies and Bar Mitzvahs and then The Detroit Auto Show, The Detroit Grand Prix and more...
The began playing for mayors, congressmen and senators and governors.

They've performed the National Arts Council in conjunction with Princeton and University of Michigan. Also performed univerisity commencement entertainment across the US.

They were part of school judging in Trinidad and Tobago 🇹🇹 for competitions leading toward Panorama.

They've performed for inmates, elderly, the handicapped and numerous race entertainment for disease cures and fun raising.

They've taught steel pan to 3rd graders up to high school. They've
taught adults and a senior steel band from ages 75-95....

They've written a book called

"Discover The Steel Drums" has done numerous cds and videos.

The Gratitude Steel Band plays and sings these styles.... ! Calypso, Reggae, Hawaiian, Gospelypso, Jazz, African,  Salsa, Latin and old and new  Many American Popular Dance Tunes.