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Grammy-nominated music educator Steve Holley served as the Producer for the Commercial Music Program at the Kent Denver School outside Denver, CO, for nineteen years. During his tenure the R&B, soul, salsa, and jazz bands of the CMP were recognized by DownBeat magazine’s Student Music Awards 15 times. The bands performed hundreds of gigs in the U.S. and abroad, held standing gigs at local clubs, performed on dozens of radio and television broadcasts, recorded at some of the most hallowed studios in the country, and performed with dozens of Grammy caliber artists.

He is a sought-after bassist and clinician with performances, master classes, and presentations given at dozens of state, national, and international conferences. As a writer, Holley has penned numerous articles for the National Association of Music Education, the Association for Popular Music Education, and the Jazz Education Network. He authored the book Coaching a Popular Music Ensemble: Blending formal, non-formal, and informal approaches in the rehearsal and co-edited Action-based Approaches in Popular Music Educationa text featuring articles from 26 experienced popular music educators discussing their practice. Currently, he serves as the Vice President for the Association for Popular Music Education and is a Ph.D. candidate in Music Learning and Teaching at Arizona State University.