GRAMMY nominated music educator Steve Holley served as the Producer for the Commercial Music Program at the Kent Denver School outside Denver, CO, for 19 years. During his tenure, the R&B, soul, salsa, and jazz bands in the CMP were recognized by DownBeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards fifteen times, performed with dozens of Grammy caliber artists, played hundreds of gigs throughout the US, and performed abroad at the Festival del Tambor, Montreux Jazz, and Porretta Soul Festivals in Cuba, Switzerland, Italy, respectively.
Steve holds a BM in Jazz/Classical Bass performance and an MM in Jazz/Classical Bass performance, both from the University of Memphis. In addition to being an educator, arranger, performer, and musical entrepreneur, Steve is a sought after clinician with performances, master classes, and presentations given at the Jazz Education Network, National Association for Music Education, Association for Popular Music Education, Modern Band Colloquium, and several state MEA conferences. More recently, Steve has written several articles for In Tune Monthly, Teaching Music, multiple blogs and newsletters for NAfME and JEN, and several state MEA journals.