“We Are Stronger” – Lyrics

Holiday Party Fun!

Here is 1 minute and 33 seconds from a lunchtime holiday party for Digital Realty Trust in Los Angeles, California. 

Give us a call for your upcoming holiday party, and we will make your celebration fun and memorable!



First Annual Steel Parade New Year’s Eve Party Auction!


First Annual Steel Parade New Year’s Eve Party Auction!

This is an idea I’ve had for years, so I will give it a go:

Steel Parade will perform on New Year’s Eve for the winner of this auction!

-Opening bid is only $300
-Performance time is for 3 hours
-Location with in 30 miles of Long Beach, CA….further areas will add nominal additional fuel fees.
-Post your bids below in comments
-Highest bid wins!
-Close of auction is Tuesday, December 30th, 8:00pm.

Go to my Facebook to place your bid.

This should be interesting.

Phil J. Carillo


Party! Playa Del Rey 9/6/14


Hotel Irvine Luncheon 5/22/14

We are always happy to perform for business events!

First performance for 2012, and the importance of being versatile.

this is a “Video Souvenir” of our first performance for the New Year, 2012, at good ol’ Taco Surf in Surfside, CA.  they contacted us just a few days prior, and i asked the guys if they felt like playing on New Years Day and everyone was cool with it.

if you watch the video, you might notice that i play drum set, and other times i play steel drums.  this is because i feel it is important for all of our players to be able to perform on different instruments.  in this case, Gabe the Drummer plays steel drum as well, hence my need to back him up on drum set.

why do i feel this versatility is important?

i feel it is important for several different reasons.

the first being the awareness as a musician.  i played drum set for years, as i backed many singers, as well as instrumentalist.  the first time i stood in front of a band and sang and played, i was amazed at how important the drummer was to the song, the gig, the vibe.  it was a real eye opener, and i don’t think most drummers ever get the chance to stand in front of the drum set and perform.  this awareness helps the drummer be more sensitive to the singer, and to truly understand what it means to support and add to a musical situation, rather than detract………something many other musicians often complain about in regards to insensitive drummers.   when i stood in front of the band, i became aware of how the dynamics of the drummer will dictate the dynamics of the band.  this is important if a drummer would like to work and get paid……….what a concept, huh?

secondly, i have a policy in this band that everyone must be able to lead their own gig…………with out me present.   i do this so that nobody is absolutely dependent on another musician.  we can all work and gig, even if the leader is gone.  i have booked duos, trios, quartets and more with much success to hundreds of clients.  sometimes a client gets in a jam and desperately needs a band that evening.  in this scenario, i am able to send some players one way, and other players another way.  it all works out for the best, and i believe this practice to be one of the unique strengths of Steel Parade.  when i interview potential musicians, i ask “do you play any other instruments?”  i ask this question so that i may see the versatility of each musician.  in my 21 years as a full time musician, i have found being versatile is a necessary quality that helps pay the rent.

thirdly, i believe being a leader helps one become a good follower.  booking gigs, relaying information to the players, communicating with clients, directing the band, etc, are all issues a leader encounters and a follower does not.  it’s good for the follower to understand the leader.  this makes for a good team atmosphere, and everyone is on the same page in regards to creating a great performance for each event.  in this band, there really are no issues with leader vs follower.  as the leader in Steel Parade, i couldn’t ask for a more supportive group of musicians. they’re professional.  they’re good.  it’s cool.

Chris the Bass Player also sings, plays acoustic guitar, djembe, and various percussion.

Joe the Percussionist also sings, plays bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and double bass steel drums.

Gabe the Drummer also plays bass, acoustic guitar, djembe and various percussion, tenor steel drum, and double bass steel drums.

Max the Conga Player also sings, plays djembe and various percussion, drum set, and tenor steel drum.

each musician is an experienced band leader.

that’s how we do it around here.

your comments?



Surf and Sand Resort with Steel Parade – 10/23/10

on this day Steel Parade performed on the patio at the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, CA.

just another day in the life of Steel Parade…

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bixby knolls 6-13-09

today we performed for a 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebration in Long Beach, CA.

new bike

another “day in the life” of Steel Parade.

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san juan capistrano 6-3-09

today we performed for a luau at the San Juan Capistrano Seniors Center.

always happy to be of service to our Senior Community.

crazy avocado

another “day in the life” of Steel Parade.

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st. anthony 6/16/08

today we performed for the St. Anthony High School Monsignor Gualderon Charity Golf Classic in Long Beach, CA.

phil and chris playing in the gazebo

gabe playin the gigpig

this annual event is a fund raiser for St. Anthony High School, which happens to be my alma mater.

we like it when guests come up and play the steel drum.

our thanx to Miguel Beason and his crew for another successful fund raising event.

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