The long, strange path started for Steve on a fateful evening in late 1963.That night the radio played a song by an unknown group with a strange yet exciting sound. Later, while performing for his 6th grade class with his first band, Steve heard something unexpected, but not unpleasant, a girl screaming with appreciation. He took note and kept on playing & singing with a renewed sense of purpose!
By 1965, musical studies had progressed so quickly that he was sent to Washington D.C.'s famed Guitar Shop, owned by Segovia student Sophocles Papas, where Steve spent the next 5 years studying with jazz guitar great, Frank Mullen. The music theory Steve learned would last a musical lifetime; the jazz guitar instruction . . . not so much. Steve wanted to play rock and did so with his mentor, the late Elliot Jagoda (IGA Heroes, Virginia, Bodeen, Lodestar, DC Dog), in the famed Georgetown club circuit of The Crazy Horse, The Keg, The Silver Dollar, Act IV and The Bayou, several years before he could legally drink.