Steve OGrady


BIO: Steve O’Grady is a percussionist, arranger, and music educator living in Greenville, North Carolina. He can be seen performing in the Greenville NC area with several bands, including the Victor Hudson Band and Soul Tree. Recently, Steve was a touring member of Gongzilla.

Steve is endorsed by Trick DrumsSabian Cymbals Remo Heads, and Qwikstix Percussion Accessories. In addition, Steve serves on the Vic Firth Education Team through an endorsement for the top educators in the percussion field.

As a music educator, Steve is the percussion instructor for several high school drumlines in the area including Kinston High School, and Rocky Mount High School. In addition, he has served as an advisor to the East Carolina University marching percussion line. He also teaches many private students. Steve arranges music for the schools he teaches for, and is published by Row-Loff Productions.

Originally from the southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island areas, Steve began playing at the age of 8 years old. He studied drum set playing with Bobby Carreiro and J. Craig Lilly. In high school Steve was drumline captain for the Dartmouth High School Drumline under the direction of Tom Aungst. During Steve’s high school career, the drumline became WGI World Champions, and Steve created the first “Night of Percussion and Dance,” a tradition that continues today. In college, Steve studied percussion with Adam Mason and Jamie Eckert, and had several master classes in ethnic percussion with Lalo Davila, and Paschal Younge.

Steve’s playing style fuses the precision of corps-style performance with the flexibility of jazz idioms. This unique stylistic hybrid has made Steve a much sought-after performer and teacher.

Percussionist, Music Arranger, Music Educator