(Hillsborough, NC) Derek is a Durham native and a regular to the North and South Carolina beaches. He began listening to Carolina Beach Music and the older classics from the time he was a child. At times, The Temptations, Band of OZ, or even The Castaways might have been found in his portable cassette player while on the way to the coast for family vacations. In his early teens, he found that he had a knack for keeping time on a drum kit and ended up joining his first band, and the rest is history! After graduating from N.C. State University, Derek joined a Country/Rock group playing gigs from Raleigh to Charlotte. Over the next 10 years he went on to play for several other groups and musicians before he landed a position with The Castaways, where he now has the opportunity to play music he is all too familiar with.