The Cocabanana Band
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The best kept secret in music


Just listened to the CD...Congratulations! What an enjoyable album
that is. ... the songs are strong, the production is excellent, the players are great...overall, a really, really, really good CD.
I hope you sell a million of them.
Mike Ihde, Associate Professor,Berklee College of Music (Sep 7, 2006)

- Mike Ihde

Hi John,
I sure can! The party certainly would not have been the same without you! There is no possible way to not have a great time when you guys are playing! I’ve been trying to come up with other parties just so I could hire you again! The band was very energetic, upbeat and exactly what our Caribbean theme needed!
Thanks again,


Vision for Industry
Kimberley Willard
Sr. Meeting and Events Specialist - Kimberly Willard

Thank you to the Cocabanana Band for stepping up at the Hopkinton Town Common Concert to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The show was a big hit.
We raised a lot of money and had fun in the process. We hope that Cocabanana will come back to play in the Summer for our regular Concerts on the Common Series and be paid for the effort they put into the music they play.
Best Regards,

Michelle Gates, Chairman
Hopkinton Parks and Recreation - Michelle Gates

The Cocabanana Band entertained us at our company meeting. A great time was had by all who attended. The Band was totally awesome and the dancing began with the first song and continued to the end. Thanks Banadarro for a great time had by all. RE/MAX Executive Realty.

Linda Willis
RE/MAX Executive Realty
Franklin, Grafton, Holliston, Hopkinton
Medfield and Natick - Linda Willis

The Cocabanana Band put on a fantastic show for Claflin Hill's Family Night at the Bandstand in Milford during our 2005 Summer Season.
The band was energetic, engaging and sounded fabulous. The audience loved them. Kids, moms and dads, even grandparents were up on their feet dancing and singing along to the music.
On behalf of Claflin Hill, we were very pleased with the show and look forward to many more years of concerts in the park.
It's not everyday that you come upon a group of such talented and season professional musicians who are willing and able to create such an awesome show for the community. The Cocabanana Band held nothing back. A great group! - Bernadette Stockwell

The Cocabanana Band made Wellesley Town Hall Green seem like a tropical island. Can't wait until next summer. Jan Kaseta Director, Wellesley Recreation Department - Jan Kaseta

The Dover Parks and Recreation Commission hired the Cocabanana Band for the first time this past summer for its concert on the common series.. One of the best bookings I ever made. The band was outstanding, keeping the audience involved with great music and personality. The band and audience were so into it, I had to tell the band to stop as we were about to run out of daylight. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Dave MacTavish
Parks and Recreation
Dover, MA - Dave Mactavish

Dear Cocabanana Band,
The ALLY Foundation's third annual Flip Flop Regatta has now come and gone. I wanted to write a final note of thanks to you for your contribution and commitment to this event.
We had over 600 people attend the Mt Gay tent festivities.....Once again the post-event buzz regarding the race and tent parties has been truly fantastic. Thanks to you this event will continue to be the premier summer event in Boston Harbor.....
That's all for now. It's been a pleasure chairing the event, and again, thank you so much for your help!
Kelly Bresnahan - Ally Foundation (Dec 15, 2005)
- Kelly Bresnahan

It was great to work with you! You guys were awesome!! You made the whole day!
The Cocabannana Band is one of the best bands I have ever worked with! They are fun, terrifically talented and couldn't have been more accommodating! I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to have a great time at their party or event!

Kelly Grill
President, ESL Theater
Kelly Grill - Host band for telethon review (Sep 19, 2005)
John -
- Kelly Grill

John and the Cocabanana Band kept us rocking through a full day. They brought great energy, joy, and fabulous music to our alternative energy transportation festival. - Alison Sander , Chairperson


Boats 4 Sale: The Cocabanana Band LIVE!
14 songs with 4 covers. Just arrived Sept., 2006. Hear all songs from our new CD at

The Perfect Storm CD 13 Songs with 1 cover


Feeling a bit camera shy


Introduction to THE COCABANANA BAND and their Carib Rock Genre

The seeds of The Cocabanana Band’s sound were watered back in 1997 when John Burrows and FACE!
began their 6 year, Wednesday night run at John Stone’s Tavern in Ashland, Massachusetts.

Burrows’ island/ nautical background led to set lists of original songs chronicling his Caribbean island experiences.

As the band’s primary songwriter, the song that predicted the evolving Cocabanana Band sound was his “Hey There” a simple song written “to the audience from the band”.

What emerged from those several hundred Wednesday night sessions was a sound built on Crosby Stills and Nash, Orleans, and Poco- like harmonies singing Burrows’ Carib Rock lyrics.... soon to be stacked upon a very hot and spicy Latin Rhythm section.

FACE was gradually shaping the musical standards of the new band. With perfect pitch, a rare gift, every nuance within the act was scrutinized.

Musical Director FACE! explains: “Singers with good intonation could pretty much ad lib a 2 part harmony and sound pretty good. But,…..adding the third and fourth parts takes exponentially more effort to get the intervals right.

That’s why the band has a weekly 4 hour rehearsal, to get it right.

For a detailed time line of the band and how it's unique Caribbean Rock Sound evolved see their web site below:

Here you'll also find each members bio.