Here's an interview with Stephen in 2020:
How long have you played the trumpet?
I began studies in 5th grade so about 50 years!
How long have you been a Wilmington Symphony Orchestra musician?
I moved from NY in 2016. I started playing with the Symphony in 2018.
What do you do for a career?
I was principal trumpet with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, The West Point Band. I retired in that position in 2010 after 26 years.
Where did you grow up?
Poughkeepsie New York
What is your favorite song, artist, and/or musical memory?
Too many favorite songs to list. Artists include Billy Joel, Yes and Styx. I’ve enjoyed many different genres including rock and jazz but my real love is classical music. Symphonies by Gustav Mahler are definitely at the top of the list.
Favorite meal or restaurant?
Wilmington has sooo many to choose from! If I had to choose I would have to say Ceviches, Indochine and Ruth’s Chris.
I enjoy a good wine, Perrier and though I need to cut back, Diet Pepsi
What is your favorite vacation?
My wife and 2 of our closest friends traveled across the US in a Tesla. We stopped at many of the national parks along the way. Our country is full of beautiful scenery! Also, the south of France is a favorite destination for the same reasons.
You're stuck on a desert island... What book, music/album/artist and/or movie do you want with you??
I would say a good tutorial on survival techniques and how to build a boat.
What's your pet situation?
We have a gorgeous Siberian Husky named Sophie and a cat, Ginger that allow us to stay with them in our home.
What do you want people to know about the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra?
Amazing people and wonderful musicians. It is a pleasure to play and get to know everyone. Truly a gem for Wilmington!
How are you keeping yourself occupied while being at home all day?
I designed and built a beautiful backyard project including a large travertine patio, gardens and Pergola. It has brought a much needed outdoor element to our home that we are thoroughly enjoying.
Any words of wisdom to help others through this?
Keep focused on what you want out of life. It’s a great time to reflect on what’s important to you. Be kind to one another during these unprecedented times. Enjoy life!
Christine Maynard, Concertmaster
Mary Jo White