Stephen's Gear

Drum Kits Snare Drums Cymbals (Zildjian unless specified) Sticks, Pedals, Heads, Hardware Recoring Equipment
Orion Traditional Maple - Transparent Black w/gold lugs 6X14" Black Panther Birdseye Maple Snare 20" K Custom Ride Sticks 2 @ 8 Ch Presonus Fire Studio Digital Int
18X24" Kick (Virgin)
5.5X13" Black Panther Birdseye Maple Snare 22" A Deep Ride Heavy American Classic 5B Wood Tip (primary) DAW - Presonus Studio One v3 w Plugins
18X22" Kick (Virgin) 3.5X13" Piccolo Snare 20" A medium ride American Classic 55A Wood Tip (secondary) Kick Out - AKG D 112 (2)
18X22" Kick  5.5X14" Ludwig Supraphonic Snare LM400(Chrome) 3 pair @ 14"  New Beat A Hi-Hats Vic Firth Wire Brushes and Malletts  Kick In - Sure Beta 52
18X20" Kick 5.5X14" Rogers Dynasonic Snare (Chrome over Brass) 2 X 13" A Custom MasterSound Hi-Hats Regal Tip Wire Brushes Sn Top - Sure SM 57
2 @ 10X10" Rack Tom 5.5X14" Rogers Dynasonic Snare (Blk tube lugs) 12"A Hi-Hats (1950s) Pedals Sn Bot - Sure SM 57
2 @ 10X12" Rack Tom 14X14" Yamaha SFZ Corps Marching Snare 20" A Custom Crash 4 @ DW9002 double pedal HH - RODE M5 Condenser or SM 57
11X12" Tom 5.5X14" Black Panther Cherry Wood lugs and rims 19" A Custom Crash 1 @ DW9500 high hat (2-leg) Rack 1 - Sennheiser E604
2 @ 14X14" Floor Tom 6.5X14" Gretsch Black Brass Snare (Black w gold tube lugs) 2 @ 18" A Custom Fast Crash 1 @ DW9000 single pedal Rack 2 -  Sennheiser E604
16X16" Floor Tom 6.5X14" Gretsch New Classic Krushed Glass Glitter  17" A thin crash (1960s) 2 @ DW 5500 high hat (2-leg) Floor -  Sennheiser E604 or AKG D112
16X16" Rack Tom 14X14" Andante Gaelic Snare (Marching) Red Gloss 2 @ 17" A Custom Crash 3 @ DW 3000 high hat (2-leg) OH L and R - RODE M5 Matched Pair
Gretsch Catalina Club Maple - Natural Finish w/gold lugs 5X14" Premier HTS700 Pipe Band Marching Snare 16" A Medium thin crash (1970s) 1 @ LP Remote Cable high hat Vocal - Sure Beta 58 or Sennheiser E835
16X18" Kick w Lift 5.5X14" Ludwig Superphonic LM400 (Chrome over Brass) 16" A thin crash 1 @ PDP single pedal PC Laptop (IBM Lenovo Thinkpad w10)
10X10" Rack Tom 4X8" Popcorn Snare Black 14" A thin crash Heads  
10X12" Rack Tom 3.5X13" Griffin Piccolo Snare Natural 2 @ 8" A splash Toms--Remo Coated Emperor (primary) Video Equipment
14X14" Floor Tom 5X13" Pearl Omar Hakim Signature Sn (Cherry w Gold trim) 10" A splash Snares Top--Remo Coated Ambassador Wondershare Filmora 9 Editor
16X16" Floor Tom 8X14" Catalina Field Drum (tubby) 12" A splash Snares Resonant - Remo Diplomat 1 @ GoPro Hero Black 3+
Yamaha Stage Custom  Birch -  Cranberry Red 3.5X13" OSP Piccolo Snare 22" A Buddy Rich model Swish Knocker w/o rivets Kick--Powerstroke 3 batter, black resonant 2 @ GoPro Session
18X22" Kick   22 A Heavy Ride (60s) Evans Kick--EQ3System 1 @ ZOOM 4K Q2N
10X10" Rack Tom Percussion 18 K Custom Ride Hardware 1 @ ZOOM Q2HDN
10X12" Rack Tom 13" 14" LP timbales (Standard) Steel with custom case 20" A Ride wRivets (50s) Mapex 950 Series hardware 1 @ ZOOM H2N Audio Only 
14X14" Floor Tom 6" 8" 10" - Remo Roto Toms 20" K Custom Dark Ride 2 @ Roc n Soc Thrones (hydraulic) 1 @ ZOOM Q3HD 
16X16" Floor Tom Remo Cajon 18" K Custom Dark Crash Yamaha Aluminum Light Hardware  
SPL Kit Poplar - Black Meinl Kick Cajon with LP remote pedal 12" Special Recording Hi Hats Misc Stands Monitoring
18X22" Kick LP Cowbells and Percussion 13" A Hi Hats DW Airlift Throne (Heavy) Alien Ears - Custom Molded IEM
10X10" Rack Tom 12" Stanton Moore Jingle Drum 13" A Crash (60s) 2 @ DW Medium Throne Alien Ears - Wireless/Wired Interface
10X12" Rack Tom Hundreds of Pieces (Cowbells, Shakers, etc) 14" A Crash (60s)    
14X14" Floor Tom Custom Made Rainstick 18" Sabian Holy China   Click Track
  LP Conga Tops (Rack) 15" K Custom Dark Crash   Frozen Ape - TEMPO for iPad & Android
    14" K Custom Session HH    
    13" New Beat HH    
    16" K Custom Special Dry Crash    
    10" Sabian AAX Airsplash    
    16" Swish (60s)    
    16" A Crash (70s)    
    16" K Dark Crash    
    10" Splash with Z marking no stamp    
    8" A SPECIAL SELECTION Splash    
    10" Spiral Stacker    
    10" Sabian AA Holy China Chad Smith Signature    
    17" Sabian AA Holy China Chad Smith Signature    
    8" LP Bell    
    16" A Custom Projection Crash (cracked)    

Performance and Teaching Resume

A drummer since the age of 9 and playing professionally since the age of 12, Stephen grew up on the East Coast and as an Air Force "brat"  heavily influenced by jazz and big band.   Stephen’s education includes University of Arkansas Razorback Drum Line, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Educators Award.  As an experienced chart reader, Stephen is proficient in NARD and PAS rudiments and is fluent in modern chart language as well as singing lead or harmony vocals. Private instruction has been a part of his report as early as 1983 and led to a degree in education from the University of Arkansas in 1993 to compliment a history degree in 1990.

Stephen has written and published Flam Pages, a regional newsletter for drummers with an instructional insert called Ghost Notes reaching approximately 320 readers.  With over 30 years of experience in booking and marketing, Stephen brings many intangibles to his projects in selling skills, biography package design, web site design and maintenance, and relationship building with industry leaders.

Stephen has toured with rock bands in the Midwest, performed as a call drummer for the Mashburn Scholarship Concert, and performed with such notables as Bo Diddley, Jesus Garcia, The Jack Terry Big Band, Billy Rigsby, the Michael Burks Blues Band, Big Bad Bubba, The Travis Kidd Band, Trendz, and more 

Some photos of Stephen drumming for Rock n Roll Legend, Bo Diddley in 1996


 Travels with the Bramhall Brothers (nephews of Doyle Bramhall, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s songwriting partner) of Dallas, TX, included dates in Tulsa at JOEY’S at the KMOD Smokehouse blues show with John Henry, Blues Crossing in Ft. Worth, Springfield, MO, Lake of the Ozarks, and many others.  In the summer of 1996, Stephen’s project, The Troublemakers, a blues band, performed as Bo Diddley’s stage band, performed in local and regional venues, and was named “band to watch for 1997” by the Northwest Arkansas Times.  Stephen’s engagement with Gerry Moss and the Drive beginning in the summer of 1997 included dates in Memphis at Beale Street’s King’s Palace, Blues City, Silky O’Sullivan’s, W.C Handy’s Blues Hall, and the Peabody Hotel just to name a few.  Performances were held at the prestigious Memphis in May Festival and the Memphis New Year’s Eve Beale Street Party.  Gerry Moss was a member of B.B. King’s original and longest running house band, the Famous Unknowns

Currently and since April, 1999, Stephen has been recording and touring with regional multi-success,  Oreo Blue.  Oreo Blue is best described as a high-energy, soul-satisfying, rocking rhythm and blues.  Stephen propels this band from behind the kit while adding both harmony and lead vocal and contributing as a song writer.  Oreo Blue was named Best Blues Band at the 2000 - 2004 NAM Awards, 2005 NAMA Hall of Fame, Best Musicianship Award at the Ozark Music Awards 2004 and 2005, and continues to be the band of choice for discerning listeners in the four-state region of Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas.  Stephen has been nominated for the Ozark Music Awards Porky Hill Memorial Drummer of the Year Award in 2004 and 2005 winning the award in 2005.  A full-length DVD/CD release, The Oreo Blue Experience--A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix filmed and recorded in 2003 was named the #1 Hendrix Tribute in the world by Voodoo Child Magazine in 2005. Oreo Blue continues to garner accolades from prestigious publications such as Blues Review, Blues Access, and the Nightflying Entertainment Guide.  In 2007, Stephen added "producer" to his resume releasing the 8th independent CD by Oreo Blue titled, Oreo Blue--The Trio. Stephen also was titled, Executive Producer on the the 2012 release by Oreo Blue titled OB20: Recycling Twenty Years of Oreo Blue.  In 2020, Oreo Blue released a comprehensive 30th Anniversary package USB/DVD that featured a 2+ hour live concert video filmed at famed George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville, AR and the USB contained over 800 video, photo and blog clips covering the three decades of the band.  Stephen was a performer as well as the Producer, Videographer and Designer of the project which took about 5 months to complete.  You can learn more about Oreo Blue at

Stephen's most recent project since the fall of 2016 is called Honeyjack  Honeyjack is led by songwriter and guitarist, Mark Summerlin who spent a number of years with the artist SEAL as guitarist and musical director.  Partnered with guitarist, TJ Scarlett, the duo is writing throwback-style guitar-based songs reminiscent of the 70's and 80's.  The first album "8-Track" was released in early 2017 and was acclaimed as "Top 30 Rock Album" in America by Rock God CJ Plain. 



Stephen’s influences are countless, however primary ones include Buddy Rich, Stewart Copeland, Max Roach, Vinnie Colaiuta, Gregg Bissonette, Dave Weckl, Jeff Porcaro, Dennis Chambers, Steve Gadd, and most recently, Stanton Moore with whom Stephen has taken private lessons.


Stephen wins 2005 Ozark Music Award for Porky Hill Memorial Drummer of the Year


Stephen was inducted into the Drummers of Arkansas HALL OF FAME in August 2020!


Stephen performs on Mapex Orion Traditional Maple drums, Vic Firth Sticks, Zildjian Cymbals and Remo heads.

For private instruction in the Northwest Arkansas Area, you may reach Stephen through this website or by e-mail at  Serious inquires only, please.

Favorite quote from our reviews: May 26th, 2003--I thought that the show was extremely well done.  In the true spirit of a tribute, your love of the music shined through without any semblance of attempting an actual recreation, like the Elvis-impersonator syndrome. Gary was fantastic -I love his solo instrumental- [Brian's] interplay was dead-on, Rod was exactly in the groove, but Stephen (it is Stephen, right?) was driving the M-F'in bus. It's a testament to a badass band when two front guys are tearing it up and I can't stop listening to the drummer's right foot. Holy s***, he was the right foot of God on that sound system, and I ain't blowin' wind up yer skirt!"--Tim Jones of Porter Entertainment, Little Rock, Arkansas