A deep love of music came at a very early age for Steve, who started playing guitar and singing at age 8. “My first guitar was a hand-me-down from my mother, and had only 5 strings! I still have it today.”
Steve, raised in Caroline County, VA, joined a local band, The Diplomats, at the age of 14, playing all over central and southern Virginia and southern Maryland for over a decade. During his time with the band, which for a time opened for Bill Deal and The Rhondels, Steve played guitar, sang lead vocals, and arranged music. In the years following, Steve formed, managed, and played in Solid Brass, Chaser, Chesapeake, and Longstreet. When the time came to take time off from the stage to raise a family, Steve turned his attention to teaching guitar and bass, and has enjoyed watching some of his students go on to become fine musicians and form bands of their own.
Steve’s primary musical influences include Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, George Benson, and the more mellow sounds of James Taylor. “Fast licks are fun to play, but a sweet, soulful riff leaves an impression, too.”
Thanks to Rich
Mason, a long-time friend and fellow Centaur, Steve was invited to join Ron
Moody and The Centaurs in June 2007. “I jumped at the chance to play with
this group. They are some of the most talented musicians I’ve ever worked with.
I love the music and love playing on stage again, particularly with these guys.”