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Steve started drumming using his mom & grandmother’s pots & pans, lids were his cymbals. Unable to create a high-hat, he’d take the larger lids and hit them together. His grandmother could not believe she and his mom were so rough on pots & pans. One day she went to get out the Dutch oven to make chili. She found it had a big dent on the bottom, making it unable to sit flat on the range. Steve, it seems, had been using it as a bass drum and had dented the bottom so badly it was no longer functional as a Dutch oven. Steve’s mom got him a snare drum that he practiced for 4 years before she would concede that drumming was not just a phase, but his passion. She then bought him his first drum set. Even though he was highly influenced by jazz drummers; Buddy Rich, Louie Belson, Phill Jo Jones, Steve was drawn to rock and roll. It has been rock and roll ever since. He took private lessons from big band jazz instructors on the kit [all the while in rock bands]. Steve has been a career musician and private drum instructor. He started teaching at 15. He had played with Nick Melliadis in the prog/jam/psych band Umbra. Umbra has an album/CD out on the Lion Productions record label. Steve played with Nate Baker in Bradford Junction before they reunited in Secret City Band. Our second CD together is called Touch the Sky. Like the first CD, Secret City, it is comprised of original music. Secret City Band has between 40 to 50 original songs.