Stephen Chambers received a B.A. Degree in Music, with Great Distinction, from San Jose State University, graduating in 1977. Steve attended college as a clarinet major and studied under Professor Clem Hutchinson and Marilyn Martella from the San Jose Symphony. While attending, he also studied saxophone with William Trimble, soloist and saxophone professor at Hayward and San Jose State Universities.

He taught instrumental music for two years at the elementary level, and when the music position was eliminated due to the effects of Proposition 13, he continued to teach clarinet and saxophone privately as well as leading various successful dance bands.

Steve's early musical experiences included five years as a member of the Stanford Street Jazz Company and a charter member of (and four years with) the popular 20's band Royal Society Jazz Orchestra (RSJO), which is still performing in the San Francisco bay area and has released multiple albums/CDs since its inception.

Steve's musical theater (pit orchestra) include: Kiss Me Kate, Sugar, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wiz, Yours Anne, My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Oliver, and most recently, Guys and Dolls.

Classical experience included performing with the South Valley Symphony (Santa Clara County), the Watsonville Band, the Morgan Hill Wind Symphony, and the San Jose Metropolitan Band. Steve's position was 1st chair clarinet. He most recently performed "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Metro Band. Having moved to Pioneer, CA in 2008, he currently performs in the Amador Community Band. In November 2008, he was the featured soloist performing the Weber "Concertino" with the band.

In 1998, Steve formed the South Bay Swing Band, a 19-piece big band which fronts 3 vocalists; and in 2002, the Steve Chambers Quintet was formed which features standards and jazz. Both groups are currently performing in the San Jose to Monterey area. The South Bay Swing Band has now performed seven years as a featured band on the main stage of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. As a true big band, the group performs the great hits of Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra, etc. Notable performances for Steve include the Sacramento Jazz Festival, the historic Coconut Grove Ballroom, and the Avalon Ballroom on Catalina Island. The Quintet was also featured on a Carnival Cruise Line vacation in 2004.

As a member of the Central Coast Saxophone Quartet on baritone sax, Steve has 13 consecutive annual appearances at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Steve has coached and mentored his private students to strive for excellence over the years; the abundance of his students was high school age. While teaching in the Gilroy/Morgan Hill area, five clarinet students were accepted to Northern California State Honor Band one year, and of those five, three were accepted to the California All-State Honor Band.
Steve's latest endeavor has been to co-organize with his brother, Jeff, the Speakeazy Jazz Orchestra, a 1920's-30's jazz/dance orchestra consisting of eleven talented musicians.




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