|Steve started drumming at the age of 11. He first got the bug to play drums when he saw Buddy Rich on TV. Fred Astaire also captivated him, imagine…A drum solo with your feet! Steve Geller is proud to be a left-handed drummer. It makes him unique as a player and performer. Some of the greatest drummers of our time are lefties such as: Phil Collins, Ian Paice, Carter Beauford, Lenny White, and Ringo Starr to name a few.
Steve graduated with a BA in Performance of Jazz and Percussion from The Philadelphia College Of The Performing Arts. His influences are vast,… Buddy Rich to Ringo Starr, Steve Gadd, Phil Collins, Carl Palmer, Max Weinberg, Liberty DeVito, Kenny Aronoff, Steve Jordan, Bill Bruford, Carter Beauford, Terry Bozzio, Simon Phillips, Phil Ehart, Alan White, Steve Smith, John Bonham, Carmine Appice, Anton Fig, Steve Farrone and the list can go on and on. Steve has performed a variety of music in his career including dance and pop, new country, blues, jazz, grunge, progressive, alternative and always straight ahead rock’n’roll.
In 1986, Steve settled in Los Angeles. There he recorded and showcased with original bands until he joined up with Candye Kane and the Swinging Armadillos, who were a blues band from San Diego and signed to the Antone’s label out of Austin, Texas. Steve recorded on three of Candye’s cds, “Knockout”, “Diva La Grande”, and “Swango”. He toured with the band domestically and internationally playing club dates, television appearances and major blues festivals over a period of six years. The band shared the same bill with such greats as The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Ben Harper, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Lang and David Lindley to name a few.
In 2001, Steve joined SixtiesMania – A tribute to the 60’s. It was a full production show that had extended engagements in a variety of showrooms around Las Vegas. Steve has also traveled with SixtiesMania to Bali, Indonesia to perform corporate events.
Finally, Steve performs with Sony and Epic recording artist Bertie Higgins, who in 1982 had the hit “Key Largo”. Steve tours with Bertie domestically and recently went on tour to the Far East playing in Malaysia and Singapore for a series of shows.
Steve is a professional with very good work ethics, great stage energy, and is an excellent time keeper. He is considered a pocket player with chops and is groove minded. He takes great pride in the integrity of the music. The audience response to Steve has always been positive. Younger fans say “…he’s so much fun to watch” and “…he looks like he’s having a blast!” and the thing is …HE is!