"Mike Balter Mallets meets all of my needs whether playing in a Broadway pit, on stage with pop artists, recording, contemporary music, accompanying silent film or orchestral music. The quality, and the quantity of the mallet colors available to me cover an enormous sonic-landscape. I use Mike Balter Mallets every day because they never fail me."
Professor Tony Steve (Jacksonville University) has myriad musical interests ranging from: new music, jazz, orchestral, chamber and world music. In 1978 he became a member of the Jacksonville Symphony and was a regular member through 1993.
Through his wide-ranging interests he has performed across the globe. Global performances have included: Chorus Line in Europe, clinics in Brazil, Porgy and Bess in Israel and contemporary music in Korea. He has performed the national tours of Broadway shows such as: Wicked, Spamalot, Big, Sweet Charity, Chorus Line and Mary Poppins. His commercial music work has seen him perform with Aretha Franklin, Henry Mancini, The Manheim Stream Roller, The Electric Light Orchestra, Dennis DeYoung/Styx, and Johnny Mathis to name a few.
Steve’s interest in contemporary music was sparked by his teachers and an out of place recording of Stravinsky’s, Rite of Spring, in his father’s record collection. Music that challenges the listener, and performer has been important for Steve since he began playing music. Professor Steve is dedicated to the music of contemporary composers. He believes that the lines of the art are blurred and an engaging performance is the most important facet of the presentation of new music. Most recently Tony was guest artist on the Root Signals Electronic Music Festival and vibist/arranger on Blue Muse: Live. Tony’s next project will be the completion of scoring and recording the soundtrack to “The Flying Ace” a 1926 silent film from Norman Studios. Tony Steve holds percussion performance degrees from: B.M Jacksonville University, M.M from Ithaca College and is ABD from The Florida State University.
Professor Steve is a Mike Balter Mallet Artist and thanks Mike Balter mallets for their continued support.