Winning his first Band of the Year in the medium category in 1989, his win streak continued, as he won Band of the Year (medium) an impressive 14 times from 1989 – 2001 and 2004 as well as 7 National Queen titles. Derek also took his talents further afield, designing bands to compete in other Caribbean islands. D’Midas went International in 1990 and that year he designed a band called Exotic Dancers for the Brooklyn and Boston Carnivals respectively, where he won Band of the Year in both Cities. He has also done work in St Thomas, St Croix, Tortola, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent, Jamaica, Miami, California, Canada, and The United Kingdom. Stephen was commissioned to teach carnival craft to students in South Africa and he has also done training workshops in carnival craft in the UK. He created costumes for the 1999 Miss Universe Pageant, and his costumes were also featured in the movie “A Weekend at Bernie’s”.
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Carnival art form Stephen Derek has received Special Awards from:-
West Indian American Day Carnival Association (Labour Day – New York)
Dorothy Elskoe Carnival Troupe (St Thomas)
Caribbean American Carnival Association (Boston)
United Nations Cultural Foundation
Bryon Lee Enterprises (Jamaica)
Miami Carnival Inc.
Proclamation by Miami Dade County (Stephen Derek Day) – November 19, 1999
Carnival Development Committee (Trinidad and Tobago)
Downtown Carnival Committee (Trinidad and Tobago)
National Carnival Commission (Trinidad and Tobago)
National Carnival Bands Association (Trinidad and Tobago)
In recognition of his outstanding dedication to the development of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago he was awarded the HUMMINGBIRD MEDAL (SILVER) in 1992.
Without a doubt Stephen Derek has made a significant contribution to the development of Carnival both at home and abroad, and we honour a true Mas Master.
Stephen Derek: 1952 – 2016
Thank you for your work and dedication.