Performing: SAT, Jul 6 - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Diamonds Band consists of Craig Repchuk- Accordion, Keyboards, and Vocals; Ben Christiani- Violin; Rick Chomyn- Lead & Rhythm Guitars and Vocals; Ihor Nedoshytko- Bass Guitar, Guitar, Accordion and Vocals. The band has been performing for 15 years throughout Alberta.
The Diamonds band is known far and wide for their snappy polkas, dreamy waltzes, beautiful foxtrots, traditional Ukrainian dance numbers, other ethnic music, rock ’n roll, Latin American and country music.
A night club dance, a wedding dance, a stage presentation, a banquet, or any type of party, “The Diamonds Band” will suit the type of occasion with their up-beat dance music.
All of the band members are versatile musicians with many years of experience. Their sincere dedication and love of music is evident in the energy they bring to every performance. The Diamonds Band plays on a regular basis for dances throughout Edmonton and the province for audiences that keep on coming back for more.
Benjamin Christiani – Violin- Ben has been playing the fiddle since the young age of four. In July of 2017 he placed first in the Alberta Open category at the Grand North American Fiddle Championship in Radway. He competed in the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Championship representing Alberta fiddlers and gained immense experience competing with other fiddle players from across Canada. Ben has taught fiddle for the Wild Rose Fiddlers Association as well as the Alberta Society of Fiddlers and has attended many fiddle camps, workshops, dances, and festivals around the province. He enjoys working on the family farm, and is presently working as a mechanical engineer technologist. He is eager to continue his career in music and looks forward to future performances.
Craig Repchuk - Accordion, Piano, and Vocals - Craig has been playing the accordion since the age of six and professionally since the age of twelve when he began with the Checkmate Band and performed with them for eighteen years. He has also played with numerous other bands over the last 48 years and for the past 15 years The Diamonds Band has been his passion to play the music he grew up listening to. Craig was recently inducted into the Canadian Ukrainian Music Hall of Honor and received the award at the 2017 Pysanka Festival. Craig likes to play all types of music and enjoys learning new songs and music. He is a retired peace officer after 34 years of service and now devotes all his time to his music career, business and his family.
Rick Chomyn – Lead/Rhythm Guitar and Vocals. Rick started playing guitar at a very young age and has been passionate about making music from as far back as he can remember. Since his teen years, Rick’s sights have been set on playing in a band and entertaining people with his music. An accomplished guitarist/musician, he has played in an assortment of bands over the years and since 1983 has been the lead guitarist for local Edmonton band, The Playboys. In October 2016 Rick joined The Diamonds Band and off shoot trio The 3 of Diamonds. Although Rick’s spectrum of interest of music genres is broad, his ethnic heritage sparks a particular passion for Old Time and Ukrainian music. Rick is a devoted family man and retired Locomotive Engineer but has no plan of retiring from playing music and entertaining people. After all, according to Rick “music is what feelings sound like”……..
Ihor Nedoshytko - Bass, Guitar, Accordion and Vocals - As well as being a music educator, Ihor has been a practicing musician, playing various styles of music in Edmonton and area for over fifty years “Ihor has taught accordion at the Mundare Ukrainian Music Camp under the direction of Charlie Gargus and is currently the facilitator for The Hawaiian Treasures Steel Guitar and Ukulele Ensemble”. Ihor has recently joined the Diamonds Band in 2019 and looks forward to doing a lot of performances.