At the age of 16, Derrick organized many different choirs and bands in the Mid-South area. Derrick recorded his first record at the age of 17 with “The One Man Gang”. Derrick won 1st place in the NAACP Act-So Local Competition in Instrumental Music, and advanced to the National Act-So Competition as well. Derrick continued his career in the field of musical education as the Jazz Band Director of Memphis Academy of Health Science. His Jazz Band students recorded their 1st CD in 2011 under his influence and leadership.