Steve graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1973 and attended The Cornish School and Western Washington University, majoring in music. After leaving college he taught at Shoreline Community College and privately. In the seventies and eighties Steve played in numerous jazz, R&B, and rock bands throughout the Northwest and western United States. After spending several years working on cruise ships Steve returned to the Northwest in the nineties.
He currently is the musical director of MOJO, a 17-piece jazz band with a 20-year history of performing throughout the area. Steve currently lives in Everett and joined the Easy Street Band in 2008. Artists that Steve has played with include Arturo Sandoval, Heart, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Hope, The Drifters, Ian Hunter, Robert Palmer, Darlene Love, and many others.