During the same period he made regular appearances with the James Shepherd Versatile Brass. At age of 18 Steven was asked to join the famous Leyland band under the charismatic direction of Richard Evans.
Steven has been principal Euphonium in some of England’s top brass bands, but regards his years with the Yorkshire Building Society Brass Band under his mentor Professor David King as his most successful, recording numerous award- winning CDs, winning the All England Masters, the British Open and representing England in the European Championships on 3 occasions, winning twice. He also performed in the Sydney Opera House as part of the YBS ‘Kings of Europe’ Tour in 2005.
In 2006 Steven completed his Masters in musical performance at Salford University.
In 2007 Steven was awarded the Best Euphonium and overall brass winner of the European solo championships held in Birmingham, beating musicians from all over Europe.
In 2009 Steven joined the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band on Principal Euphonium and was awarded the ‘Best Soloist’ prize at the 2009 British Open Championships. He then went on to win the Yorkshire Area in 2010 and 2011 and was awarded with the ‘Best Instrumentalist’. The highlight of his tenure with the band was winning the National Brass Band Championships in 2010 & 2011
Steven leads master classes throughout Europe and the UK as a Yamaha artist.