Traditional Maple Transparent Black w/gold lugs
2@14 X 14" Floor Tom
Black Panther Birdseye Maple Snare
Black Panther Birdseye Maple Snare
Ludwig Supraphonic Snare (Chrome)
Rogers Dynasonic Snare (Chrome over Brass)
Rogers Dynasonic Snare (Blk w.gold tube lugs)
14"X14" Yamaha SFZ Corps Marching Snare
The New Drum 6-9-06
5.5" X 14" Black Panther Cherry Wood
6.5" X 14" Gretsch Black Brass Snare (Black w gold tube
The New Drum 12-25-08!!
6.5 X 14" Gretsch New Classic Krushed Glass Glitter owned
by Vinnie Colaiuta!
20" K Custom Ride
22" A Deep
20" A medium
New Beat A Hi-Hats
2 X 13" A Custom MasterSound Hi-Hats
20" A Custom Crash
19" A Custom Crash
2@18" A Custom Fast Crash
17" A thin
2@17" A Custom Crash
16" A Medium
16" A thin
14" A thin
2 X 8" A splash
10" A splash
12" A splash
Buddy Rich model Swish Knocker w/o rivets
...and a set of trashy no-name
brand cymbals made in China that I bought for about $5.00
Classic 5B Wood Tip (primary)
American Classic 55A Wood Tip
Regal Tip Wire Brushes
2@ DW9002 double pedal
1@ DW9500 high hat
2@DW5002 double pedal (accelerator)
2@DW 5500 high hat
Emperor (primary) or Pinstripe
Snares--Coated Ambassador batter, clear
Kick--Powerstroke 3 batter, black resonant
Mapex 950 Series hardware
Roc n Soc Thrones (hydraulic)
Cowbells and Percussion
and Teaching Resume
A drummer since the age of 9 and playing
professionally since the age of 12, Stephen grew up on the East Coast
and as an Air Force "brat"
heavily influenced by jazz and big band.
Stephen’s education includes University of
Arkansas Razorback Drum Line, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and
recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Educators Award.
As an experienced chart reader, Stephen is proficient in NARD and
PAS rudiments and is fluent in modern chart language as well as singing lead
or harmony vocals. Private instruction has been a part of his report as
early as 1983 and led to a degree in education from the University of
Arkansas in 1993 to compliment a history degree in 1990.
Stephen has written and published Flam Pages,
a regional newsletter for drummers with an instructional insert called Ghost
Notes reaching approximately 320 readers.
With over 30 years of experience in booking and marketing,
Stephen brings many intangibles to his projects in selling skills,
biography package design, web site design and maintenance, and
relationship building with industry leaders.
Stephen has toured with rock bands in the Midwest,
performed as a call drummer for the Mashburn Scholarship Concert, and
performed with such notables as Bo Diddley, Jesus Garcia,
The Jack Terry Big Band, Billy
Rigsby, the Michael Burks Blues Band, Big Bad Bubba, The
Travis Kidd Band, Trendz, and more
Travels with the Bramhall Brothers (nephews of
Doyle Bramhall, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s songwriting partner) of Dallas,
TX, included dates in Tulsa at JOEY’S at the KMOD Smokehouse blues
show with John Henry, Blues Crossing in Ft. Worth, Springfield, MO, Lake
of the Ozarks, and many others. In
the summer of 1996, Stephen’s project, The Troublemakers, a
blues band, performed as Bo Diddley’s stage band, performed in local
and regional venues, and was named “band to watch for 1997” by the
Northwest Arkansas Times. Stephen’s
engagement with Gerry Moss and the Drive beginning in the summer
of 1997 included dates in Memphis at Beale Street’s King’s Palace,
Blues City, Silky O’Sullivan’s, W.C Handy’s Blues Hall, and the
Peabody Hotel just to name a few. Performances
were held at the prestigious Memphis in May Festival and the Memphis New
Year’s Eve Beale Street Party. Gerry
Moss was a member of B.B. King’s original and longest running house
band, the Famous Unknowns.
Currently and since April, 1999, Stephen has been recording and touring with
regional multi-success, Oreo Blue. Oreo Blue is best
described as a high-energy, soul-satisfying, rocking rhythm and
blues. Stephen propels this band from behind the kit while adding
both harmony and lead vocal and contributing as a song writer. Oreo Blue was named Best Blues Band
at the 2000 - 2004 NAM Awards, 2005 NAMA Hall of Fame, Best Musicianship Award at the Ozark
Music Awards 2004 and 2005, and continues to be the band of choice for
discerning listeners in the four-state region of Arkansas, Missouri,
Oklahoma, and Kansas. Stephen has been nominated for the Ozark
Music Awards Porky Hill Memorial Drummer of the Year Award in 2004 and
2005 winning the award in 2005. With its 6th Indy CD release, Ten
Down-Live at the ByPass, and new full-length DVD/CD release, The
Oreo Blue Experience--A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, Oreo Blue continues to garner accolades from prestigious
publications such as Blues Review, Blues Access, and the Nightflying
Entertainment Guide. In 2007, Stephen added "producer" to his
resume releasing the 8th independent CD by Oreo Blue titled, Oreo
Blue--The Trio. Stephen also was titled, Executive Producer on
the the 2012 new release by Oreo Blue titled OB20: Recycling Twenty
Years of Oreo Blue. You can learn more about Oreo Blue at www.oreoblue.com.
Stephen's most recent project since the fall of 2016 is called Honeyjack
Honeyjack is led by songwriter and guitarist, Mark Summerlin who spent a
number of years with the artist Seal as guitarist and musical director.
Partnered with guitarist, TJ Scarlett, the duo is writing
throwback-style guitar-based songs reminiscent of the 70's and 80's.
The first album "8-Track" was released in early 2017.
Stephen’s influences are countless, however primary
ones include Buddy Rich, Stewart Copeland, Max Roach, Vinnie Colaiuta,
Gregg Bissonette, Dave Weckl, Jeff Porcaro, Dennis Chambers, Steve Gadd,
and most recently, Stanton Moore with whom Stephen has taken private
wins 2005 Ozark Music Award for Porky Hill Memorial Drummer of the
Stephen performs on Mapex Orion Traditional Maple
drums, Vic Firth Sticks, Zildjian Cymbals and Remo heads.
private instruction in the Northwest Arkansas Area, you may reach
Stephen through this website or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Serious inquires only, please.
Favorite quote from our reviews: May 26th, 2003--I
thought that the show was extremely well done. In the true spirit of a
tribute, your love of the music shined through without any semblance of
attempting an actual recreation, like the Elvis-impersonator syndrome.
Gary was fantastic -I love his solo instrumental- [Brian's] interplay
was dead-on, Rod was exactly in the groove, but Stephen (it is Stephen,
right?) was driving the M-F'in bus. It's a testament to a badass band
when two front guys are tearing it up and I can't stop listening to the
drummer's right foot. Holy s***, he was the right foot of God on that
sound system, and I ain't blowin' wind up yer skirt!"--Tim Jones
of Porter Entertainment, Little Rock, Arkansas