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Steve Levens

Bass Guitar  |  Upright Bass  |  Trombone  |  Vocals  |  Signal Processing

When I'm playing music, I'm equally at home on trombone -- my first instrument -- as I am on bass guitar.  In recent years, I have spent more time singing background vocals and do some lead vocals, too.  I started my first band in high school and, amazingly, most of us are still into music today.

I loved marching band in high school and college and, even today, the experiences I had as a musician on parade routes and on the football field are still exciting to think about.  My musical tastes range from Korn and Linkin Park to Bootsy Collins and The Brothers Johnson and horn groups like my favorite band, Tower of Power. 

I have developed a lot of skills in signal processing (both audio and visual) and have a license to operate my own radio station.  That skill makes troubleshooting P.A. system problems a breeze.

I play 4-string and 5-string bass guitars when we perform rock and funk music, but an upright bass when the band plays jazz and Dixieland.

One of my career highlights was the opportunity to perform in New Orleans in a Dixieland band.  Imagine that -- performing jazz in the birthplace of jazz.  I recently started taking lessons with the world-famous Delfeayo Marsalis to help build my trombone chops.

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