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Steve Schaeffer started his career in New York City. At the age of 14, Steve was part of Marshall Brown's Newport Youth Band, a band made up of the best young Jazz players in the New York and Tri State area's. At 17, Steve joined the Al Cohn/Zoot Sims Quintet at the famed Half Note in NYC. At 19, Steve joined Doc Severinsons Quintet. At 20, Steve joined Sarah Vaughn and stayed for 2 1/2 years. This band also had Chick Corea featured as Sarah's pianist. Steve also worked with jazz greats Joe Henderson, Eddie Daniels, Monty Alexander, Bob Sheppard, Pete Christlieb and Mike Maineri to name a few. Other positions followed with Herb Alpert and the TJB, Roger McQuinn and the Byrds and Dreams with Randy and Michael Brecker.

After 12 years on the road, Steve took the drum chair with "A Chorus Line" at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles and stayed for 2 years. It was there he was discovered and became one of Hollywood's most prominent recording musicians. He has played on 1,000 feature films and Sound Tracks including: Jerry Goldsmith, (L.A. Confidential, Air Force One, The Edge, Along Came a Spider, Star Trek Nemesis, Looney Tunes: Back in Action); John Williams, (Indiana Jones, Close Encounters, Amistad, Catch Me If You Can, War of the Worlds); Howard Shore, (Big, Mrs. Doubtfire, Seven, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, The Panic Room, The Score); Alan Silvestri, (Bodyguard, Forest Gump, Mouse Hunt, What Lies Beneath, What Women Want, Castaway, The Mexican, Polar Express); David Newman, (Anasthasia, Bowfinger, Galaxy Quest, Ice Age, How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days, Serenity, Monster-In-Law); James Newton Howard, (The Fugitive, Outbreak, Space Jam, King Kong); Babyface, (Waiting To Exhale); Michael Giacchino, (The Incredibles); Teddy Shapiro, (Fun With Dick and Jane); Randy Newman, (Meet the Fockers, Pleasantville, Monsters Inc., Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Cars); as well as many other films with Bill Conti, Dave Grusin, Patrick Williams and Henry Mancini.

Steve has also been featured on hundreds of television shows including the hit animated shows, "American Dad" and "Family Guy". Dozens of Gold and Platinum records ranging from Barbara Streisand's Broadway albums, both 1 and 2. Toots Thielman's Brazil 2 to GRP recordings with Diane Shurr and Stan Getz(Timeless) and Harry Connick Jr. Steve has also played more than 12 Grammy Award Shows and Academy Award shows.

 

2011     War Horse [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Percussion
2011     Arthur [2011]         Percussion
2011     The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn [Music from the Motion Picture] Percussion
2010     The Pacific [Original Score]     Blake Neely     Percussion
2010     Dinner for Schmucks     Theodore Shapiro     Percussion
2010     Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief     Christophe Beck     Percussion
2009     Year One [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Theodore Shapiro     Percussion
2008     The Express [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Percussion
2008     Marley & Me [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Theodore Shapiro     Percussion
2008     The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Percussion
2008     Tropic Thunder [Original Motion Picture Score]     Theodore Shapiro     Percussion
2007     Hairspray [2007 Original Soundtrack]         Musician, Percussion, Performer, Rhythm
2005     Constantine [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Brian Tyler     Percussion
2005     Innerplay     Jim Self     Drums, Main Personnel, Soloist
2005     Meet the Fockers [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Randy Newman     Percussion
2005     Timeline: Music Inspired by the Film     Jerry Goldsmith     Percussion
2005     War of the Worlds [Music from the Motion Picture]         Percussion
2004     Flight of the Phoenix [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Marco Beltrami     Percussion
2004     I, Robot [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Marco Beltrami     Percussion
2004     Surviving Christmas [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Randy Edelman     Percussion
2003     Elf [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Debney     Percussion
2003     Identity [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Alan Silvestri     Percussion
2003     Jeepers Creepers 2 [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Percussion
2003     Looney Tunes: Back in Action [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Jerry Goldsmith     Percussion
2003     The Hunted [Music from the Motion Picture]     Brian Tyler     Percussion
2003     Under the Tuscan Sun (Original Score)     Christophe Beck     Percussion
2002     Ice Age [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     David Newman     Percussion
2002     Star Trek: Nemesis [Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Percussion
2002     The Tuxedo [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Debney     Percussion
2001     Along Came a Spider     Jerry Goldsmith     Percussion
2001     Black Knight [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Randy Edelman     Percussion
2001     Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back [Original Motion Picture Score]         Percussion
2001     The Score (Soundtrack)     Howard Shore     Drums    Drums
2000     Diamonds [1999]     Joel Goldsmith     Percussion
2000     Music from the TV Series Frasier         Drums
1999     Anna and the King         Ethnic Percussion, Percussion
1999     Bowfinger     David Newman     Drums, Percussion
1997     Conspiracy Theory     Carter Burwell     Percussion
1997     For Richer or Poorer     Randy Edelman     Drums
1997     The Edge     Jerry Goldsmith     Drums
1995     Forget Paris [Original Soundtrack]         Unknown Contributor Role
1992     Newsies     Alan Menken     Drums
1991     Switch [Original Score]     Henry Mancini     Drums
1988     Who Framed Roger Rabbit?     London Symphony Orchestra     Drums
1984     Country [Original Soundtrack]         Percussion
1982     Blade Runner     New American Orchestra     Drums
1979     Rocky II [Original Motion Picture Score]     Bill Conti     Drums
             Uncle Joe Shannon     Bill Conti     Drums
             Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey: Music from the Motion Picture [Score]         Drums, Percussion

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