St. Michael's Grammar School (Old Town Chicago IL.)
Gordon Technical High School (Chicago)
Waller High School (Chicago)
Scottsdale Community College (Arizona)
Arizona State University (Tempe AZ.)
Born and raised in Chicago Illinois.
Began drumming at age of ten.
Played with the St. Michael's Chi-Angels & Spartans drum & bugle corps.
At 16 was V.F.W. Illinois State snare drum Champion.
At 17 played snare drum w/ 3 time National Champion, Chicago Royal-Airs. Winning V.F.W. - C.Y.O. and American Legion national titles. Taking top drums in all 3 shows. Also Taking 2nd place in the V.F.W. National snare drum contest and taking the Top Solo score.
At 19 was stationed in Washington D.C. w/ The Commandants own, U.S.M.C. drum & bugle corps.
Percussion Director, Educator, Clinician, Independent Drummer and Author of Instructional DVD
Has performed & played Drums with such notable musicians and bands as:
Gabriel Magno - (Ted Nugent fame) w/ Chicago's Chameleon
DRUM ! - Sabian Cymbals, Paiste Cymbals, Toca, Latin Percussion, Centrifugal Force Drum School
Author of Drum Instructional DVD: Rudiments for Drum setl
Percussive Arts Society (P.A.S.)
Marine Corps League
USMC Drum & Bugle Corps Alumni, Washington D.C.
Instructors & lessons that made a difference in Steve's Life. Note: In Alphabetical order.
1- Al Brown, My 1st Drum Instructor, He taught me discipline and how to play Rudiments correctly.
2- Dick Brown, He taught me playing in a drum line is harder than one thinks at 14 & how hard teaching really is.
3- Edward Roberts, Taught me more discipline and the art of teaching and how to work w/ all kinds of Kids.
4- Mitch Markovich, Taught me that practice is the key, & helped me with technique, win Individual contests & playing snare in a 3 time National Championship line.
5- Steve Smith, He taught me that reading & education is the top key. And that its not easy at the top
6- Thomas Takayama , Taught me that patience & learning as you teach are a big part of the music life
7- Truman Crawford. Col. U.S.M.C. / Chicago Royal Airs. Taught me Feel and dynamics & when to be hard & how to be laid back. Play from the Heart and never say never. & timing is everything in drumming..
Thank "all" of you gentlemen, with out you, I would have never made drumming my life. Steve Fagiano.