Steve is almost entirely self taught, with very little formal training. It all started in 1974 while in the 4th grade. After making a guitar out of cardboard and rubber bands, his parents felt a plastic "toy" guitar would make a good Christmas gift. Even that was enough to send Steve down the road of musicianship. After being shown a few chords by a guy down the street, Steve figured out how to read a chord chart and taught himself many more chords.
During this time, Steve wanted to be just like John Denver...basically singing while self accompanying on guitar. It took a few years for him to figure out he couldn't carry a tune to save his life.
In 1976, Kiss became the music of choice. This is when Steve discovered "lead" guitar, although it would be a couple more years before a friend showed him his first scale. This led to figuring out how to read a scale chart resulting in more lead playing growth.
Steve joined his first band right after high school. It didn't amount to much however since they never really gelled into an actual music playing unit. To make ends meet, Steve began working 80+ hours a week. This didn't leave much time for being in a band. Instead, he began focusing on a more "flat-picking" bluegrass style of solo guitar. Not much became of this either due to lack of time.
After growing weary of working 80+ hours a week, Steve joined the U.S. Navy in 1985. While there, he changed his focus to solo recording, following the Les Paul model. Even then, there were 4 track cassette recorders, midi sequencers, midi enabled synthesizers and drums machines.
All came to a grinding halt in 1989 when Steve came down with a serious medical condition. He didn't so much as pick up a guitar for nearly 10 years until around 1998. That's when he began receiving a more effective treatment for his medical condition. He found himself artistically re-awakened in an age with more advanced technology.
Gone were the days of 4 track cassette recorders, hardware sequencers, ancient keyboard technology and computers capable of handling only MIDI. Steve now finds himself using computer based digital audio recording, an electronic drum kit, and better guitars and keyboards than he had previously used. Now anything is possible, even with one person.
Newly into the computer age, Steve's original focus was on entirely guitar based music. He would use the computer mouse and on-screen midi sequencing to create synth and drum parts. He did try his hand at midi guitar using a $100 G-Vox guitar system. Needless to say, the results were poor with such a cheap device.
After becoming a serious keyboard student in 2002, and picking up drums in 2007, his focus changed to keyboard based music. This suits him just fine because he's been a fan of composition and arrangement since the early 80's. Now he's equipped with the musical skills and technology to strike out on his own in this department.
Steve currently works as the webmaster and band leader for a non-profit organization. Like the vast majority of prog musicians, Steve will keep his day job. This is not a genre in which most people make a living. Playing prog can seldom be anything more than a hobby.