|Douglas, Trevor, Tony and Steve (missing from photo Francis)
The rhythmic sounds of the Caribbean
have made an impact throughout the world. From the traditional Punta, which is
representative of our Belizean culture, to Soca or Calypso, when interpreted by
our country's talented musicians, this music adds much "gusto" to the
entertainment enjoyed by visitors, locals and the entire country. This week we
feature one of San Pedro's newest musical bands, which is rapidly gaining
recognition - The Cool J's Band.
Steven Card, originally
from Belize City and a long-time resident of San Pedro, is the founder of this
band. As a young child, he dreamt of owning his own musical group. His first
experience with music was as a disk jockey (DJ) in Belize City and eventually
San Pedro. His talent for "mixing" and choosing music came to him naturally thus
making him one of the most popular DJs in these areas. His friends nicknamed him
"DJ Stress," a name that has stayed with him ever since. This part-time
occupation brought much joy to Steve but he felt that he needed to be more a
part of music, so he carefully studied the guitar and eventually found himself
playing this instrument.
Approximately three and a half
years ago, Steve met Tony Usher, an ex-bass guitar player of the Lord Rhaburn
Combo, one of the Caribbean's most popular bands. Steve explained to Tony his
idea of starting an island band. With Tony's experience, the two embarked on a
mission of recruiting members. Steve's brother, Douglas Card, also a music
lover, joined the team as a lead and back-up singer. Adding Trevor Petillo on
bass guitar and Francis "Rabba" Flowers as another lead singer, the band was
complete. Steve financed the band and called it Cool J's Band as a tribute to
his "better half," Julia Edwards. Besides being the owner, he is also the
engineer, guitarist and vocalist. Tony was appointed band manager and also plays
The team was now ready to bring Cool J's Band
to new heights and to achieve their goals as talented musicians. They first held
rehearsals two to three times a week for three to four hours at Steve's home.
After polishing their skills, they felt confident of their music and set off to
find their first "gig." Cool J's was an instant hit in San Pedro and was soon
hired to play at some of the island's exclusive resorts and at private parties.
Their first class performances include a variety of music such as Punta, Salsa,
Merengue, Reggae, Rockers and Ballads. The Caribbean beat is so well portrayed
by this band that they were hired to play for the cast and crew of Fox TV's
"Temptation Island" at their farewell party held at Captain Morgan's Retreat.
The band also recently performed for the cast and crew of Trimark Production's
"After the Storm" movie at the Belize Yacht Club. Cool J's Band also entertained
over 85 members of the Peugeot Group from France staying at Ramon's
What is unique about Cool J's is that they are
known as a "Bashment Band." They are full of energy and project that to their
audience while they are performing, always ensuring a great time. The next step
for this group is to travel nationally and internationally bringing people
together through their music.
Steven Card's dream is now a reality and he is happy to share this with others
in hopes of bringing unity through his music. Cool J's Band has rightfully
gained the admiration of many as one of the most sought-after musical groups on
this island. Together they join the many cultural groups of our country by
combining their rhythmic beats in "Our Community."