The son of Salvation Army officer parents, Steve received nearly all of his early musical training in Salvation Army brass bands, including a stint in the National Capital Band as a teenager. He has served as principal euphonium and soloist with several SA brass bands and performed on numerous brass band recordings. In addition to leading the National Capital Band, Steve works for the Salvation Army’s Potomac Division as an assistant divisional music director. Steve retired in October 2004 after a 25-year career in military bands, including eleven years as principal euphonium of the U.S. Marine Band (The President’s Own) in Washington, D.C. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from the University of Maryland, and master’s and doctoral degrees from The Catholic University of America, all in trombone performance. He currently serves on the adjunct faculty of the University of Maryland and The Peabody Conservatory, and is music director of The Dominion Brass, a professional symphonic brass ensemble. In addition to his conducting and playing activities, Steve is a prolific composer of brass band music, having published pieces in the Salvation Army’s General Series, Triumph Series, American Festival Series, American Band Journal, Southern Series, and American Instrumental Ensemble Series. Steve resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife of 40 years, Janine, and is the proud father of Jacqui, Paul, and Jessi, and doting grandfather of Avery, Owen, Everett, Harper, Sadie, June and Dean.