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Steve played drum corps with the Rochester Crusaders
winning numerous awards, toured Europe with the
Band of Americas
, a group of top notch high school
musicians,  Graduates from Eastridge High School
and goes onto the Manhattan School of Music and
finishes up back at Eastman School of Music with
John Beck. Senior Recital on February 16th 1968
at Kilbourn Hall standing room only.



  Count Basie and Steve Gadd - 1961    
 
 
Steve and friends 1961
 
 
Steve Gadd
 
 
    Steve enrolled in the US Army spending 3 years being
all he could be playing drums with their Field Band and
Stage Band. Plenty of playing locally with both Chuck
and Gap Mangione, including Chuck's Friends and Love
and Gap's Diana In The Autumn Wind.


  Steve Gadd - 1968    
 
 
 
July 24, 1961-Paris France   School Band of America:This is to
certify that Stephen Gadd is a charter member of the School Band of America and has participated in the 1961 European Concert Tour.
 
 
Steve goofing around with high school buddies, 1963
 
 
Steve with high school buddies, 1963
 
 
    Upon graduation from Eastridge High School continued his studies
first at the Manhattan School of Music and then returned to The
Eastman
School
and his teacher John Beck. During this time he
was working sometimes 6 nights a week, with both Chuck and Gap Mangione. He also played with show bands backing up acts such
as Pat Cooper, regularly he would be asked to go out on the road
but stayed home to finish his studies. It was at Eastman that his friendship with Tony Levin began, they worked together constantly playing in Gap Mangione's trio. Another important relationship began
with Chick Corea around 1965 while playing with Chuck Mangione,
Joe Romano and the great bass player Frank Pullara, while working
at a club called the "Midnighter" Chick and Steve got together to
discuss drumming and what was happening in groups like Miles
Davis's quintet with Tony Williams. The very next weekend Steve
had a brand new kit and had opened up his playing,
letting the soloist go wherever the muse took them.
  Steve Gadd    
       
 
Gadd & Levin - Eastman
  After graduating from Eastman, Steve spent three years serving his country,
playing drums with the U.S. Army Stage Band.

      Specialist 5 Stephen Gadd, drummer with the United States
Army Field Band of Washington, D.C., photographed in the
Pentagon. U.S. Army photo by Oscar Porter.
 
Steve Gadd sitting in at The Pythod 1968
 
 
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