is currently a master’s student in the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, where he is a saxophone performance major under the instruction of Taimur Sullivan. Steven has been a featured soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, the Durham Symphony and the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra. Prior to going to Northwestern, Steven attended the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with Dr. Otis Murphy.
Since his solo debut with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, Steven has performed and competed nationwide. Banks has won top prizes in several competitions, including 1st prizes in the Indiana University Woodwind Concerto Competition, Joseph M. Bryan Concerto Competition and the Durham Symphony Young Artist Competition. Steven was also chosen to perform on NPR’s From the Top on show 241 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. Most recently, Steven has been selected to compete in the 6th Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition in Dinant Belgium in October of 2014.
As a jazz and commercial saxophonist, Steven has performed with the Jeremy Allen Big Band, the Brent Wallarab Big Band, and as well as the Bloomingtones Big Band, which recently released its first record, “Fly,” under the Patois Record label. He has played and recorded with various combos and big bands. He also studied with Pat Harbison, Tom Walsh, Wayne Wallace, Luke Gillespie, and David Baker. In the summers, Steven is a teaching assistant at the Birch Creek Music Center in Door County, Wisconsin where he teaches and performs with jazz veterans such as Dennis Mackrel, Tanya Darby, David Bixler, Jeff Campbell, Clay Jenkins, Clarence Hines, Steve Horne, Doug Stone, Rick Hayden, and Reggie Thomas.
Steven is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. Steven’s primary teachers have included Taimur Sullivan, Timothy McAllister, and Galvin Crisp. Steven has participated in master classes with Christopher Creviston, Joe Lulloff, the ZZYZX saxophone quartet and the United States Marine Band saxophone quartet.