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Stephen Fitch
Stephen Fitch
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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
  • Country: United States

Steve Fitch has been percussionist, assistant principal timpanist and drum set artist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra since 1983. From 1992 until 1994 he lived in Germany, where he gave clinics on New Trends in American Rudimental Drumming and their Application to Drum Set. He performed with the North German Radio Orchestra in Hannover, and formed the Kalamazoo Percussion Trio, with which he continues to work with each summer. Mr. Fitch has performed in Drum Corps International's World Championship Finals and in addition, placed sixth in the D.C.I. individual snare drum competition. Steve has instructed prizewinning marching drumlines for high schools, colleges and drum corps in Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, Arizona and in Germany. He has served as clinician/adjudicator for numerous U.I.L., A.M.E.A. and P.A.S. events, as well as judging percussion at Northern Arizona University's Band Festival four times. Mr. Fitch earned a B.M. in performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he was the first percussionist ever to win the school's prestigious concert competition and was inducted into Pi Kappa Lamda. He went on to earn a M.M. in performance from the Eastman School of Music, where he taught undergraduates and conducted the Eastman Chamber Percussion Ensemble and the Eastman Marimba Band as a graduate teaching assistant. His teachers were Michael Rosen and John Beck, respectively. Steve has also studied Swiss drumming in Basel, Switzerland with Swiss master drummer Alfons Grieder. Mr. Fitch has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Orchestras of the Worth German Radio, Hannover Opera, Hagen, and Gottingen in Germany, and records with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the North German Radio Orchestra and the Kalamazoo Percussion Trio. Mr. Fitch is on the Zildjian Artist Roster.

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