Stephen was born in Virginia, USA and began playing and studying drums, guitar, piano, voice, and theater as a young child. He played in the school symphonic, marching, and jazz bands before joining forces with his brother in a garage rock band in high school and college.
He studied jazz drumming and theory at the University of Virginia and after college worked as a professional recording and touring musician in San Francisco and New York City. He has played with scores of bands across many musical genres and appears in many studio and live recordings as both band member and session musician.
Stephen’s teaching career actually began while he was in high school. There he helped younger students learn drums and music in order to audition for the school jazz band. He immediately discovered that sharing his love of music with others was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Stephen is the founder of Manhattan Drum Studios, a private drum-focused music school with locations in New York City and Barcelona. Stephen also founded Baby Bongo and Toddler Tom Toms, young childhood music workshops, and Manhattan Music Machine, a rock band program for teenagers. SUM