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Drummer and Vocalist

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Employment History

Drummer and Vocalist

Xpress Band


Member of the Music Ministry
St. Ann's Catholic Church

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Toby Derima - Xpress Band [cached]

Toby "Dee" Derima

Toby Derima was born on July 2, 1970, on St. Croix. Toby has always lived around music, with his Haitian-born parents playing lots of records, especially of Les Freres Dejean, a Haitian band comprised of his maternal uncles.
Toby first became interested in being a musician in 1980, when a paraprofessional at the Lew Muckle Elementary School chose him to play snare drum in her marching band. However, he was not taught the basics of playing drums until he joined the Elena L. Christian Junior High School Band in 1982, under the direction of Jack Petersen. He also played snare and tenor drums with the St. Croix Majorettes Marching Band, and developed his skills on the drumset as a member of the music ministry of the St. Ann's Catholic Church. Toby's professional music career started in 1985, when he was asked to join a band named As One, as their drummer. The band played many musical styles, but lasted just about a year and a half, breaking up when most of the members of the band left St. Croix for college. In 1987, at the beginning of his senior year of high school, he was asked to join The Enforcements as their drummer. As a member of The Enforcements, Toby showed that he was also a songwriter and arranger, penning lyrics and arranging music for the band's original tunes. In 1991, Toby left The Enforcements for a college education in computer programming on the mainland. On his summer and winter breaks from school, Toby returned to St. Croix, and sat in with the Xpress Band. Upon leaving school in 1993, he moved back to St. Croix and joined The Violators (later V.I.O. International), as drummer and vocalist. The Violators achieved much regional success, with Toby writing many of the original songs recorded by the group. The highlight of Toby's tenure with the group came in 1999, when he wrote and sang the song "Bend Down," which won the St. Croix Festival Road March title. He also wrote the songs that won the St. Croix Festival Road March title in 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2000, as well as "Jungle," the band's biggest hit. Toby left V.I.O. International in 2003, and is now a member of the Xpress Band, as drummer and vocalist, bringing his unique style of songwriting and performance.
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About Us [cached]

Organized in 1985 in Brooklyn, New York, the five core members of the band are Al Baptiste, Sr., on keyboards; Patrick "P.O." Edwards, lead vocalist and guitarist; Dean Baptiste, lead vocals and bass; Toby Derima on drums; with Pat Ragguette on lead and background vocals.

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Al Baptiste, Sr. - Xpress Band [cached]

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Al Baptiste, Sr. - Xpress Band [cached]

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Dean Baptiste - Xpress Band [cached]

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