Steve is a guitarist and music teacher who has been working in the Bay Area since moving to Berkeley in 1984. He founded BandWorks with Jeremy Steinkoler in 1993. In addition to his private teaching and BandWorks classes, Steve has taught at Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp for many years, worked in London as a music director, taught band workshops in Dublin (Ireland), and contributed to Guitar Player magazine. As a guitarist, Steve has performed at many clubs and festivals throughout northern California, including the High Sierra Music Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, and the Sonoma Salute to the Arts. His recording “Sunday” was used by the Augustino Dance Theatre Company. Most recently, Steve has performed and recorded with Andrea Hurley and Her Very Attractive Band, Marie Schumacher’s Invisible Band, The Kevin Beadles Band, Lonnie Lazar and the Vaporizors, Chowbucket, and Jemimah Puddleduck, among others. In addition to guitar, Steve has taught saxophone, mandolin, bass, and piano. He is also a registered Music Together teacher.
Since picking up his first pair of drumsticks at the age of 10, Jeremy has gone on to teach private students, drum clinics, and rock band workshops in Ann Arbor, MI; Dublin, Ireland; and all around the San Francisco Bay Area. He founded BandWorks in 1993 with guitarist and band mate Steve Gibson. He has been on the faculty of Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp for the past 16 years, where he was the Co-Director from 1999-2001 and served on the Board of Directors from 2010-2013. In addition to teaching BandWorks classes and a full roster of private students, Jeremy maintains an active performing schedule, playing around the Bay Area on a weekly basis with his own J. Steinkoler Quartet, the unique saxes-and drums trio Mo’Fone (featured at the Monterey & SF Jazz Festivals), and assorted other projects. He has performed at dozens of popular Bay Area venues and festivals, including the Monterey, San Francisco, and Sonoma Jazz Festivals, Art & Soul Festival, Yoshi’s, the Shoreline Amphitheater, and at Lincoln Center and the Village Gate in New York City. He has played with Dave Ellis (The Other Ones, Charlie Hunter), Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman), Kirk Joseph (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Guru Garage, Kevin Beadles Band, Hot Links, Christy McCarthy, and many other top touring bands and musicians. His music has been featured on radio stations all over the globe, and his bands have garnered a number of “best of” awards and rave reviews. Jeremy is proud to be endorsed by Vic Firth Drumsticks, Istanbul Cymbals and Aquarian Drumhead and Protection Racket Cases.
NICK BELL (Program Coordinator)
Born, raised, and still living in the Bay Area, Nick has been playing the drums ever since the age of 10. His passion for music lead him to pursue and complete a degree in sound engineering and music production from Ex’pression College for Digital Arts in 2009. For over five years Nick has been teaching a range of drum students from beginners to intermediate as a protégé for his own drum teacher and BandWorks co-director Jeremy Steinkoler. Nick has had the wonderful opportunity to literally “grow-up” in the BandWorks community, joining when he was a wee lad and continuing to take classes into adulthood. After college Nick was able to become a part of the BandWorks staff as Program Coordinator and our new “Gear-Guru”! Nick is extremely happy to be working for BandWorks as he feels they are the reason he is the musician he is today and is eager to give back to a company that has given him so many opportunities!
STACE WRIGHT (Program Coordinator)
Stace has been working with BandWorks as a teacher since 2004 and is excited to have the opportunity to be even more involved with the program on the administration side. He was born in Oregon, spent his teen years in New Mexico and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Geography in 1994. Since that time he has been making maps with his company Eureka Cartography, raising a family, and rocking out as much as possible. Working even more closely with BandWorks students and families is something he looks forward to each day.