MANISTIQUE - Anyone who attended a Fourth of July Parade in Manistique may remember hearing music preformed by the Gratitude Steel Band. The group resides in West Bloomfield, Mich., and most of the musicians, led by Chaz and his wife Lady L, are family members.
According to the group's website, the Gratitude Steel Band, a Christian based LLC, started as an offering of thanks to God for the healing of a post head injury which left Chaz out of work for months. The response was to create a musical force of "Gratitude" that would be shared in joy through music. They arrange old and new cover tunes and write originals.
The band sings and performs on various instruments doing Christian, Yiddish, Reggae, Jazz, Pop, Classical Hawaiian and African music for: weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, cruises, church events, universities, fashion shows, festivals, parades, concerts, family reunions and holidays.
The entire family plays, signs, writes and has done music for movies, commercials, the Salvation Army, and original music for weddings."
There will be three opportunities to see and hear the group in early July. They will participate in Escanaba's Sesquicentennial parade on Friday and in the Fourth of July parade in Manistique on Saturday.
A final opportunity to hear them share their musical talents this year will occur on Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church, located at 435 Oak Street in Manistique. Whenever the Band has performed in the area on a weekend, they attend worship at Zion Lutheran Church sharing their music and witness.
This year is no different. Members of the Gratitude Steel Band will worship and share their talents at the 10:30 a.m. worship service. A fellowship hour will follow the worship service.