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Stephen Fess

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Stephan began playing piano at the age of 6 and, under the instruction of his father, the drums at age 9.  Always involved in music programs throughout school, he started playing in bands (including fill-ins for some of his father's projects) while in high school.  
He went on to attend Capital University's Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio.  Studying under professor Bob Breithaupt, Stephan was involved in an extremely immersive and versatile percussion program, performing both in concert bands and contemporary ensembles such as Capital's Jazz Percussion, World Music, and Fusion bands.  He graduated in 2014 with a degree in Music Industry.

Currently Stephan lives in Nashville, TN and is the touring drummer for country-rock artist and past Voice contestant Jared Blake ( He also actively performs with Jared Weeks (formerly of Saving Abel) and Nashville country artist Nick Alligood ( Additionally, Stephan is an active member of both the Blue Water Kings Band ( and jazz-fusion group Safety Squad (  
"Music is a lifestyle, not a hobby."