Steve began performing publically in youth groups and local rock bands at the age of twelve. Steve also studied classical music at WV University at age twelve to formalize his piano playing technique and gain an understanding of music composition – two of his strong interests, the third being technology.
This combination of rock and classical music laid the foundation for his development of production-oriented progressive rock that is woven into his performing, writing and musical arrangements. Steve’s ability to perform across multiple genres has created an added element of ‘color’ to his writing style and performance.
In his development years, Steve performed keyboards for several local musical productions to include The Fantastics and Godspell. From these productions, Steve would team up with several members of the orchestra to form a four-year run local rock band called Roadhouse, who later changed their name to Thrust.
Steve’s next venture was a southern rock styled band called Calico Silver, who performed throughout the WV, PA and OH area clubs and festival venues. Calico Silver was known for their rich four-part harmonies, unique arrangements and quality of musicianship.
For the next several years, Steve hit the road and began performing full-time in the Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West and New York area club circuits through Pittsburg-based bands, agencies and management companies. During his travels, Steve visited recording studios and worked as a sessions player whenever an opportunity presented itself. As needs increased for keyboardists to perform multiple orchestral parts, the technical applications and programming capabilities became an integral part of Steve’s knowledge, production and performance delivery.
After auditioning over the phone, Steve was asked to sign on with a full-production eight-piece high-energy Funk-Rock band called California. Here Steve would take on the additional role of music director to arrange material and rehearse the band. California toured throughout the eastern half of the United States performing in large-scaled clubs and concert venues as both a headliner and opening act. California shared venues with national artists such as Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Bootsie Collins, Cameo, and Styx.
After California disbanded, Steve returned to his roots to form several bands and projects, the first being a progressive rock band know as Circa 2K. Circa 2K morphed into another touring band called Frisk, who shared venues with regional recording artists Donnie Iris, B.E. Taylor and Joe Grushecky. One of the studio projects during this timeframe was performing keyboard tracks for a Pittsburgh-based recording group called The Zippers, engineered by Eddie Gray (Tommy James & the Shondells).
Steve’s next destination was Tampa, where he signed on as the music director for a house band called the Music Machine and the Monday night rock band called ‘Us’. It was common to have national artists such as Chicago, Orleans, Kenny G., Firefall, The Monkees, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor, Cinderella and Bret Michaels perform on stage with the house band. Additionally, Steve played local events and festivals with the Music Machine, Us and as a supporting player for the Q-105 Allstar band in the Tampa, FL area. Steve also performed on stage in local venues with Chester Thompson (Genesis drummer), Robby Steinhardt (Kansas violinist) and Rick Allen (Def Leppard drummer).
Steve’s next project was a rock band called Xtra, Xtra that was established as a house band for a large Daytona Beach club venue and as the opening act for national touring bands to include Jason Bonham (son of legendary Led Zepplin drummer John Bonham), Blue Oyster Cult, Johnny Winter, Warren Zevon, Alannah Myles, Skid Row and Ace Frehley (Kiss).
Returning north to his roots once again, Steve joined a newly forming classic rock (and future original rock band) called Shadrach. Shadrach quickly gained notoriety in the North-Central WV area for their strong performance of well-arranged instrumentation, lead vocals and rich harmonies. Shadrach opened for touring bands such as Blackfoot, Foghat, Pat Traverse, Dixie Allstars, Brittney Fox and Rick Derringer.
Post Shadrach, Steve performed as keyboardist and music director for an original rock opera called ‘Etheria’, which performed the production in the local Arts Theater. Steve also involved himself in an original recording project of an eclectic rock genre for the Kevin Ford CD titled Sanctuary and provided the keyboard tracks for The Road Dawgs CD titled Fire On The Highway - mixed by Hughie Thomasson and Ean Evans of The Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd fame.
The desire to pursue his own writing and recording led Steve to establish a personal digital sound, video and graphics studio. The integration of technology provided Steve with a vehicle to create and capture all elements of his music as a writer, producer and engineer. Steve has written songs across multiple genres and styles, including cuts for soundtracks.
After Shadrach’s hiatus, the band re-formed to complete the writing and recording of their all original CD titled Captured. Steve contributed several original songs and collaborations to the CD. Shadrach continues to perform concert venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast areas in promotion of their CD.
Steve has shared the stage with Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Bootsie Collins, Cameo, Styx, Donnie Iris, B.E. Taylor, Joe Grushecky, Eddie Gray, Chicago, Orleans, Kenny G., Firefall, The Monkees, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor, Cinderella, Bret Michaels, Chester Thompson (Genesis drummer), Robby Steinhardt (Kansas violinist), Rick Allen (Def Leppard drummer), Jason Bonham (son of legendary Led Zepplin drummer John Bonham), Blue Oyster Cult, Johnny Winter, Warren Zevon, Alannah Myles, Skid Row, Ace Frehley (Kiss), Blackfoot, Foghat, Pat Traverse, Dixie Allstars, Brittney Fox, Rick Derringer and Bo Bice.
Personal Interests: Family and Friends, Computers and Software Applications, Travel
“There is always something to be learned, even if it’s what not to do.”