Steve was born in Martinez, California, and have lived in various parts of that state ever since, except for when his family lived in Singapore, for four years in the late sixties.
Steve started playing alto saxophone in the fourth grade, mainly because Roy, his older brother, played the same instrument. As he grew up, he was fortunate enough to have had two saxophone teachers that made music and eventually, performance, fun. They were able to make songs come alive for him.
Steve played mostly duets with Roy, until they went to different schools. He continued playing on his own for various events until he started medical school at Loma Linda University in 1975. For the subsequent eleven years, including his orthopedic residency, he had little time or energy for music.
In 1986, Steve and his family moved to Sonora, California, where he started playing again. Over the years, the Lord has granted opportunities to play more frequently. Through playing for various Voice of Prophecy events, including in Norway, he became friends with Jaime Jorge, with whom he has played many times since. One particular highlight was performing, with Jaime, for the La Voz Net 2001, evangelistic meetings in Havana, Cuba.
Max Mace has given him the opportunity to perform with the Heritage Singers a number of times.
Steve's personal passions, besides orthopedic surgery, include basketball, gardening (he has a nursery business), photography, snow skiing, body surfing in Hawaii, eating mangos and Indian food, listening to big band music and Kenny G., and doing music with Scott, his son.
But even greater than all of these, is the joy of doing something in partnership with the Lord, which is something that performing music allows, says Steve. Having a small part in people being moved by the Holy Spirit through music is Steve's highest goal.