Steve Price (musician)

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Steve Price
Genres Rock, Pop rock
Instruments Drums, Percussion
Years active 1969–1981; 2004–present
Labels A&M Records, Warner Bros. Records
Associated acts Pablo Cruise, Stoneground
Website Pablo Cruise band.com

Stephen Martin[1] "Steve" Price is an American drummer and percussionist, best known as a founding member of the California smooth rock band Pablo Cruise.[2]

In his first year of high school, Price ventured into the band room after having no interest in woodwork or metal work. The teacher instructed him to sit behind a snare drum, due to requiring a drummer and this would change his life forever. Following a brief stint in his high school marching band, he was recruited to play drums for the school's band. He then worked as a roadie for the band of his high school friend, keyboardist Cory Lerios, but when the drummer quit, Price became the new drummer. The pair then played in a band called Together and were recruited to play in San Francisco band Stoneground, which turned out to be a big break.[3] Stoneground also performed in the 1972 horror film Dracula A.D. 1972 (starring Christopher Lee).[4]

Alongside guitarist Dave Jenkins, Lerios and bassist Bud Cockrell, Price was a member of Pablo Cruise at its conception in 1973 and stayed until early 1981. In 2004, Price and Lerios rejoined Pablo Cruise and Cockrell left the group. Price joined a Sacramento side project, Mr. December, in 2008. During his time away from Pablo Cruise, Price went on to become a leading figure in providing E-learning and also formed his own aerial photography company.

At one stage, Price was virtually the in-house drummer and percussionist at The Record Plant in Sausalito.[5] He now lives in Loomis, California with his wife Nancy.[6]

In a 1981 live performance with Pablo Cruise, Price augmented his drum kit with temple blocks, cowbells, agogo bells, timbales, crotales, bells, triangles, mark tree and Syndrums.[7]

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