Longtime musician and instructor opens second Goleta location for private lessons along with band practice facility.
Steve Stockmal, jamming on his Fender Stratocaster at his Studio Music Group, was inspired to pursue a career in music after watching a jazz band drummer in seventh grade. “I don’t think that initial excitement ever died,” he says. (Alex Kacik / Noozhawk photo)
By Alex Kacik, Noozhawk Business Writer | @NoozhawkBiz | Published on 12.31.2011
It all clicked for Steve Stockmal in his sophomore year of high school.
The revelation hit as he was sitting with his friends before 7:30 a.m. choir practice.
“Boys, last night I made a decision,” Stockmal told his friends. “This is what I’m going to do. Whether I’m going to be a rock star, a teacher, a studio guy and probably all of the above, I am going to make a career out of music.”
At that point Stockmal was drumming, strumming the guitar, playing the trombone, studying music theory, playing for a jazz band and a “cool” band with his friends.
It was in seventh grade when he was playing with his school’s jazz band and he couldn’t take his eyes off the drummer.
“It was the feeling that that’s just going to work for me,” Stockmal said as he played random chords on his yellow Fender Stratocaster, one of 12 guitars he owns.
“It was just magic watching him play the drums. I don’t think that initial excitement ever died.”