Stephen Utterback | Drum Set & Orchestral Percussion Instructor
Stephen Utterback, a Wheaton native, holds his Bachelors Degree in Music from the Wheaton College Conservatory. Stephen has studied under multiple renowned educators on Drum Set & Percussion. Stephen has studied under Michael Folker (who has played for Grammy Award winning artist Kelly Clarkson, The Moody Blues, and the Chicago Sinfonietta). Stephen has also studied under Dr. Elizabeth Bauer, Dr. Kathleen Kastner, and the well known Jazz Drummer Lucas Gillan.
Stephen is a phenomenal performer and has played in front of audiences of thousands. He is an experienced educator on the Drum Set in any primary style (Rock/Pop/Metal/Christian/Gospel/Jazz/Funk/etc.), and he loves to help students learn the style they are passionate about while giving them instruction using solid technique and fundamentals. Stephen is also an experienced Percussionist, and can teach any student in Classical Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, Drum Line for Marching Band, Chamber Groups, Solos, etc….
Stephen is also currently on staff with Wheaton North High School working with their Orchestral, Band, and Marching Band programs. During his professional career, Stephen has focused on teaching private lessons in a wide variety of educational settings, student age-ranges, and also with students who have cognitive disabilities. Stephen plays with his band Sapphire Sea, a progressive rock band that explores the depths of music theory and music complexity.
Stephen’s philosophy of education aims for his students to come away from their lessons knowing more about both Drums/Percussion and themselves. Watching students grow in curiosity, motivation, knowledge and confidence is a deeply rewarding experience and Stephen has found himself impassioned by this process as he continues to move further in his career of teaching.
During Stephen’s time in High School, his Wind Ensemble was nationally recognized as one of the top twelve high school ensembles in the United States at the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis.
Stephen is excited to be on staff with the Jerry Evans School of Music, and is looking forward to empowering his students to connect to music, become passionate about playing music, and to go beyond what they thought they could ever do in music.