Steven began drumming in 1993 at the age of 10, with initial lessons from his father, Dessie. Steven joined the local Cullybackey Pipe Band in 1994, receiving snare instruction from Adrian Hoy. During his time under Adrian’s instruction Steven won many Juvenile and Junior solo competitions including the Worlds Juvenile section one on two occasions. In 1995 Steven progressed into the snare line where he remained until Cullybackey won the Grade 2 World Drumming title in 2001. It was then that J. Reid Maxwell approached him to join the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band in Vancouver, Canada. Between the years of 2002 – 2008 he travelled from his home in Northern Ireland to compete, teach and perform with the band in British Columbia, Canada.
September 2008 saw the next chapter of Steven’s drumming career develop when he and World renowned piper, Stuart Liddell joined forces to take the Inveraray & District Juvenile program into Grade 2.
In 2009 the Inveraray & District band competed in the Grade 2 arena where they were placed first in every single competition they entered winning the Champion of Champions at Cowal Games in August of that year. This success brought promotion to the Grade 1 arena for the 2010 season. Pre-qualifying for the World Championships final and finishing 5th at Cowal Games in their first year was a hallmark season for the newly promoted band.
Some highlights of Steven’s drumming career have been winning the World Solo Drumming Championships in 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014, the Grade 1 World Drum Corps Championship in 2004 & 2008 along with the World Pipe Band Championships in 2008 with SFU Pipe Band. Winning the Grade 2 World Pipe Band Championships as leading drummer of Inveraray & District Pipe Band in 2009 was the ultimate highlight to date…. the drumming title was just the icing on the cake!
List of Accomplishments:
- Juvenile World Solo Champion 1997 & 1998
- All-Ireland Junior Solo Champion 2002
- Ulster Junior Solo Champion 2002
- All-Ireland Intermediate Solo Champion 2004
- Ulster Intermediate Solo Champion 2004
- North American Gold Medal Champion 2006
- All-Ireland Senior Champion 2006
- Word Solo Drumming Champion 2006
- All Ireland Senior Solo Champion 2007
- BC Pipers Annual Gathering Champion 2007 & 2008
- Piping Hot Summer Drummer, Canada
- Drumming Mad Workshops, Germany
- Warnambool & District Workshop, Australia
- Invermark Piping & Drumming School, USA
- Edinburgh Academy, Scotland
- High School of Glasgow, Scotland
- Dollar Academy, Scotland