Born in New York City , Steven Henry got his first exposure to music hearing his talented father, Sheldon Henry, play French Horn on Broadway as the original 1st horn for "Man of LaMancha". Steven attended the High School of Music and Art (the inspiration for the movie, TV show and musical versions of "FAME"), where he was taught by Jazz education legend Justin DiCioCio, and where he played alongside classmates such as Omar Hakim, Jack Schatz,Bob Franceschini, Ray Vega, Chris Rogers, Pete Nater and Marcus Rojas.After High School he went first to Queens College, where he studied with Budd Johnson, and then transferred to Hofstra University where he completed a degree in Music Education.
Since graduating from Hofstra he has had the great pleasure of performing with many wonderful musicians and ensembles, most notably; The Lionel Hampton Orchestra, the Grammy Sessions Big Band, The Big Apple Circus, Jay Black and the Americans, Woody Herman's Thundering Herd, Buster Poindexter, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Idina Menzel, Gloria Gaynor, Ben Vereen and the New Jersey Nets Pep band. During this time he was fortunate enough to play alongside many great musicians, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan, Herbie Mann, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker,Paquito D'Rivera, Claudio Roditi, Hank Jones, Marv Stamm and Dennis DiBlasio. In addition to this he has performed on Broadway in the orchestras of "Sunset Boulevard" (with Glenn Close), "Steel Pier" (with Kristin Chenoweth and Karen Ziemba), "She loves me" (Boyd Gaines) and four seasons of " A Christmas Carol", at MSG's Paramount theater, which featured Tony Randall, Ben Vereen, Tony Roberts and Tim Curry.Off-Broadway he performed at the Village Gate in "Love, Janis" as an on-stage member of the band. Other free-lance experiences include Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (where he met his wife!), Bugler at Belmont Racetrack, the Clark Sisters, Patti Page , Joe Piscopo and pep band floor time shared with Michael Jordan. Hakeem Olijawon, Patrick Ewing, Mark Jackson, Clyde Drexler, Scotty Pippen and Chris Mullins.Some of the more memorable venues he has performed in are Carnegie Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Congress Hall in Stockholm, Munich Concert Hall, the Paris Club in France, Madison Square Garden, the Boiler Room in Cannery Row (in front of Clint Eastwood),atop the World trade Center at Windows on the World, and performances in Monterey and Basil , Switzerland.
In addition to being a free-lance trumpet player Steve is a composer and songwriter; in 2000 he was selected in an international audition to participate in the BMI Musical Theater Workshop-one of only three invited to participate as Composer/lyricist. Steve is currently entering his 20th year as the band director at Elmont high school, has taught at Queens College, and twice been selected for "Who's Who in American Teachers" and "National Honor Roll of Outstanding American Teachers." He resides happily in Malverne, NY with his lovely wife of 23 years, Karen,his children Max and Samantha and Zu-Zu the golden retriever.