Steve Smith

Steve founded the Seattle Drum School in 1986 and has been teaching private and group lessons for over 36 years. He holds Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Music degrees from Central Washington University where he studied percussion and jazz with renowned educator John Moawad. He has studied privately with Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin, Dave Garibaldi, Freddie Gruber, and four time world champion Scottish snare drummer, John Scullion. Over the years Steve has performed with such artists as guitarist Roger Fisher (Heart), Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs), saxophonist Hank Crawford, organist Jimmy McGriff, and many highly regarded local and regional players. He currently performs regularly in a duo with his wife, Kristy, with his band the 350s, and the SDS faculty trio featuring Danny Godinez (guitar), and Igor Abuladze (bass).

In addition to helping cultivate many top local players, teachers, and happy amateurs some of Steve’s students have gone on to play with such acts as Death Cab For Cutie, R.E.M., Blue Man Group, Blind Melon, Smoosh (now called Chaos Choas), Fitz and the Tantrums, Wayne Horvitz, and the nationally recognized Roosevelt High School and Shorewood High School Jazz Bands. Steve teaches all ages and all levels.

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