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I have been a performer since high school (08-11). Marched all four years at Las Vegas High School playing top bass and then snare the rest of my school year while playing drumset on the side. Currently, I am in UNLV marching band, and I am also a part of an independent drumline called Vegas Vanguard Percussion Theater/Vegas Vanguard Entertainment Drumline. I have played cymbals, bass and snare at UNLV, and I have played only bass for VVPT/VVED. On the side, I also play drumset but not professionally.
UNLV marching band only does local shows at home football games and has the opportunity to do gigs. Gigs like playing with Phillips Phillips (winner of American Idol). Vegas Vanguard Percussion Theater is an indoor drumline that competes with other drumlines world wide. In the past, we have competed for three years and were bronze medalist the first two years and silver medalists this year. Vegas Vanguard Entertainment Drumline had the opportunity to do huge gigs with Enrique Iglesids, Nike and UFC.
Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording
I am a full-time working drummer currently residing in Las Vegas. In addition to guiding up and coming drummers with their musical careers, I am working on music & soundtracks for film and television projects with platinum-selling singer/songwriter Mark Slaughter.
In April of last year I was inducted (for the 2nd time!) into the Las Vegas Rock Hall of Fame for my collaboration with "Ripside." I performed at the induction concert with fellow inductees Xcursion (Mark Slaughter, guitar/vocals; Kelly Garni, bass guitar). A picture of this performance is included in my "photos & video" section. Background:
I started playing snare drum at age 8. Two years later I got my first drum set and began studying with jazz great, Irv Kluger. I haven’t looked back since. I started playing music in the Wm E. Ferron Elementary School band. In my junior year in high school I co-founded Dream – my first “pro” gig. After high school, I joined the progressive-rock band "Ripside" and my journey into all things music began.
Hello, my name is Steve. I'm a graduate from The
Philadelphia College Of The Performing Arts with a BA degree in the
Performance of Jazz and Percussion. I started drumming at the age of 11
and first got the bug to play drums when I saw Buddy Rich, the worlds
greatest drummer on TV. Some of my favorite drummers are: Steve Smith
(Journey), Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews),
Steve Gadd (Session player), Jon Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and Ringo Starr
(The Beatles) to name a few.
Some of my other drumming influences are Travis Barker, Mike
Portnoy, Jojo Mayer, Thomas Lang, Joey Jordison, Carl Palmer, Max
Weinberg, Liberty DeVito, Kenny Aronoff, Steve Jordan, Bill Bruford,
Terry Bozzio, Simon Phillips, Phil Ehart, Alan White, Carmine Appice,
Anton Fig, Steve Farrone and the list can go on.
I have performed a variety of music in my career including dance and
pop, new country, blues, jazz, grunge, progressive, alternative,
classic and always straight ahead rock and roll. In 1986, I settled in
Los Angeles. There I recorded and showcased with original bands until I
joined up with Candye Kane and the Swinging Armadillos, who were a blues
band from San Diego and signed to the Antone's label out of Austin,
Texas. I recorded on three of Candye’s CDs, "Knockout", "Diva La
Grande", and "Swango". I toured with the band domestically and
internationally playing club dates, television appearances and major
blues festivals over a period of six years. The band shared the same
bill with such greats as The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Ben Harper,
John Lee Hooker, Johnny Lang and David Lindley to name a few.
In 2001, I joined SixtiesMania - A tribute to the 60's. It was a
full production show that had extended engagements in a variety of
showrooms around Las Vegas. I also traveled with SixtiesMania to Bali,
Indonesia to perform corporate events.
Finally, I performed & toured with Sony and Epic recording
artist Bertie Higgins from 2008 through 2011, who in 1982 had the hit
"Key Largo". We toured domestically and recently went to the Far East
playing in Malaysia and Singapore for a series of shows.
I am a professional with very good work ethics, great stage energy,
and am an excellent time keeper. I am considered a pocket player with
chops but is groove minded. I takes great pride in the integrity of the
music I perform. The audiences response to me has always been positive.
Younger fans say "He's so much fun to watch" or "He looks like he's
having a blast!" and the thing is ....
It wasn't till 2006 when I discovered my passion for teaching. I
love sharing my knowledge as a drummer and performer. I want to pay it
forward to the next generation of drummers. I have had great success
with a number of students who are now taking their drumming skills to
the next level. It gives me great gratification to see my students and
ex-students blossom into wonderful and masterful musicians. I hope to
continue passing on my knowledge & experiences to the drummers of
I am endorsed by and play MapleWorks Drums, Soultone Cymbals and use Beato Bags
I have been playing since I was a child. I studied privately with some of Chicagos finest teachers including: Dan Faith, Jeff Decker, Steve Hawk, and Paul Wertico. I attended the Percussion Institute in Hollywood, Ca when I was 19. I have taught in the Chicago area and now in Las Vegas. I am a very patient teacher and hope to make lessons fun and exciting.
Drum, Music Theory, Percussion
I discovered my passion for the drums at age 11 and fully immersed myself in the instrument. For years throughout middle school and high school, I spent all my spare time listening to my favorite bands and drummers, imitating what I heard, teaching myself as best I could. At age 16, after playing professionally in a band and winning several contests throughout New England and Canada, I decided to study the instrument formally before attending college.
In 2001, I joined the ranks at Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied polyrhythms, classical composition, musicology, jazz theory, among many other topics. Since graduating with a 4.0 in 2005, I have traveled internationally with original bands, cover bands and cruise ships while teaching privately as much as possible.
I currently have hundreds of live performance dates and studio sessions under my belt and I combine experience with education to teach my students what it means to be a professional musician in today's world.
A graduate from Musicians Institute PIT Drum program in Hollywood, CA with an Associates Degree in Music/Performing Arts.The most recent success has been with a band out of Hollywood called the "RapScallions" , we were featured on the video game "Rocksmith" by Ubisoft for PS3 and Xbox .With over 14 years of experience gigging, touring and doing studio work I am now here to help you achieve your musical goals.
We will be learning technique, developing your groove, and working on reading skills as well as playing and learning lots of songs and different music styles. After all, we are doing this for the music right?
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."