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Johnny Steele

I'm a drummer, composer, producer, and educator with a decade of experience performing live music of all genres. Throughout my musical life, I've had the fortune of performing, touring, and recording with many respected figures in the fields of rock/metal, jazz, RnB, Fusion and pop music. Such musicians include the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Gilbert Castellanos, Jon Faddis, Immanuel Wilkins, and Dan Nimmer. I have also had the good fortune of sharing the stage with The Contortionist, Monuments, and many more.

In addition to having an active playing schedule with such musicians, I also write my own blog entitled BEAT SPEAK. In this blog, I discuss my journey as a young musician in today's climate as well as topics such as music business, production, drum lessons, and the occasional shop-talk for my gear-head followers.

I am currently pursuing my Bachelors and accelerated Masters degrees at the Juilliard School in Manhattan, New York City.




Johnny Steele's Debut Showcases The Overlap Of Music And Chess

Johnny Steele's Debut Showcases The Overlap Of Music And Chess

Source: Outside in Music

During the varied quarantines and lockdowns of the past two years, drummer and composer Johnny Steele found himself—like so many others—caught with an unexpected excess of time on his hands. Rather than squander what could be a rare opportunity for learning, growth, and self-improvement, Steele seized the societal sabbatical when his girlfriend introduced him to the game of chess. Quickly becoming enraptured with this timeless test of logic, strategy, and dexterous thinking, Steele found both a great joy and an ...


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