Johnny Steele
San Diego, CA
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Johnny Steele

Johnny S.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My teaching method is based on all of the information that I’ve gathered from the past five years of studying at the Juilliard School in New York City. Drawing on this experience (as well as the practical experience of playing professionally for eight years), I have crafted a teaching method that addresses concepts which are applicable to all styles of music. With that being said, I treat each student with a singular focus, each lesson being crafted with their goals in mind. Within weeks, I can turn a person with no experience into someone who can play gigs, jam on their favorite songs, and get the most enjoyment and knowledge out of their drumming experience.

About Johnny S.

Hello! I’m Johnny S. I’m a twenty year old professional drummer and an alum of the Juilliard School in New York City. After beginning to play professionally eight years ago, I have had the opportunity to playing around the world, playing at jazz festivals in Brazil, Switzerland, and Amsterdam to name a few. I have also been fortunate to play alongside such greats as Wynton Marsalis, Jon Faddis, Frank Kimbrough, Dan Nimmer, Gilbert Castellanos, and many others. Although I have a degree in jazz, I am qualified to teach in all styles of music and I have years of experience doing so. I offer drummers of all ages lessons in a fun, productive, and relaxed context.


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5 Reviews
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John is a great instructor, super knowledgeable! I was able to learn a wide range of skills efficiently and had fun doing it!

Posted Mar 8, 2021
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Excellent funk drumming teacher!

Posted Mar 4, 2021
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Johnny Steele and his one of a kind instruction have made me a more confident and clear dummer since I have started working with him. His passion in his music comes through in his instruction and I can not wait to work with him again.

Posted Mar 4, 2021
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Loved working with Johnny! He was so thoughtful and patient in helping me learn how to write music. Such a fun skill to learn online during the pandemic. Definitely would book with him again!

Posted Mar 4, 2021
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Johnny is a knowledgeable and personable instructor who uses an engaging and inspiring approach to make his students more well-rounded musicians.

Posted Mar 4, 2021

Photos & Videos

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House Drummer
Feb 2021 - Present

Queen Bee's Jam - Hosted by Charlie Arbalaez

Plays as house drummer every Tuesday night for the Queen bee's Jam session hosted by Charlie Arbalaez.

Drum Instructor
Jan 2013 - Present


Drummer for the Charles Ives Jazz Extralude
Feb 2021 - Feb 2021


Recorded drums for Juilliard's Charles Ives Jazz Extralude virtual project.

Film Composer
Nov 2019 - Jan 2021

Quinto Quarto Productions

Composed a solo drum score for the documentary entitled "Meritocracy." This documentary follows the story of Kalief Lindo, a successful amateur boxer from New York who tries out for the 2020 Olympics.

Drummer on "Textile Blocks" by Andy Farber
Jun 2020 - Jun 2020

Andy Farber

Recorded drums for Andy Farber's virtual big band collaboration project entitled "Textile Blocks."

Jan 2020 - Jan 2020

Wynton Marsalis

Performed with the Wynton Marsalis Quintet for the annual WBGO Awards ceremony.

Wynton Marsalis Quintet Recording
Dec 2019 - Dec 2019

Wynton Marsalis Productions

- Recorded film score material with Wynton Marsalis for an upcoming film about Autism Spectrum disorder - Recorded at Sear Sound in NYC - Members: Wynton Marsalis, Endea Owens, Dan Nimmer, Camille Thurman, ad Johnny S.

House Drummer for the Panama 66 Wednesday Night Jam Session
Jan 2014 - May 2017

Gilbert Castellanos and Panama 66

Played as the house drummer every Wednesday night with the Gilbert Castellanos quintet at Panama 66 in San Diego's Balboa Park.


Masters of Music
Aug 2020 - Present

The Juilliard School

Bachelor of Music
Aug 2016 - Present

The Juilliard School



Fluent / Native Proficiency


YoungArts Finalist
May 2015


Outstanding Musicianship Award
Oct 2014

Reno Jazz Festival


Soultone Cymbals
Nov 2020
Soultone Cymbals offers a superior sound, feel and performance with excellent artist support for today’s most demanding performers. No matter what style or sound is desired by the performer, Soultone Cymbals delivers both traditional and modern sounds with less effort, more control, and, of course, beautiful, musical, rich tone. The touch and feel is unique and has a more responsive bounce to the stick allowing for improved precision without washing out the dynamics of the performance

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