Steve Bentley - Altitude Winds Coordinator
Stephen Bentley is beginning his twenty fifth year as a Music Educator.
His teaching career began with the Cupertino School District; as the District, Elementary Music Director. During his tenure the enrollment of the program more then doubled as he established a district wide 3rd-6th grade music program. Recruited by the San Jose School District, he was later hired as the Director of String Studies at Hoover Middle School for the Performing Arts. During this time he directed the 6th-9th grade beginning strings through advanced strings and orchestra program. The Hoover Middle School for the performing arts is the feeder program for the Lincoln High School of Performing Arts, two of the finest Performing Art High School and Middle school programs in the San Francisco bay area.
Since that time Mr. Bentley has been the director or the assistant director of two major high school music programs. Plymouth Canton Educational Park in Plymouth Michigan and Mountain Crest High School in Logan, Utah. During his time at Plymouth Canton, the marching band placed 6th and 9th respectively at the Bands of America Grand Nationals, a nationwide competition. At Mountain Crest High School in the Cache County School District, Mr. Bentley directed the music program from the elementary level through high school which included approximately 350 students. While at Mt. Crest he started: a marching band, two jazz bands, an orchestra, a wind ensemble and a percussion studies course.
For the past 25 years and currently, Mr. Bentley has been a music educator for non-profit youth organization which produce some of the worlds finest Drum and Bugle Corps. Currently he is the senior brass technician for The Cadet Brass staff, the 2015 Jim Ott Excellence in Brass Champions. He has taught three of the most successful brass lines in DCI including: The Cadets from Allentown PA., the Blue Devils from Concord CA and the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, CA. All three of those organization have won multiple national and world titles. During Mr. Bentley's time with these organizations he won the DCI World Championship five times. Four times with The Blue Devils and 2011 with The Cadets. He has also won the Jim Ott Excellence in Brass title six times, most recently in 2015 with The Cadets. Internationally, he has presented a number of music clinics with the Blue Devils and also as an individual in Europe, Indonesia and Japan, and most recently, December of 2015 Thailand. He also is currently a music judge for the Bands of America and the USBands organizations.
In 2002 Mr. Bentley was asked to be the Assistant Director of the 2002 Winter Olympic Band. He worked closely with Olympic organizers and the Walt Disney special event coordinators, assisting in the creation of music and motion with the Olympic Band. The 132-band members performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic games, as well as many of the Olympic venues and the Olympic Medals Plaza during the games.
Originally from Salt Lake City, Mr. Bentley began his musical training on the piano at the age of four followed by trumpet at the age of ten. He has studied with numerous symphony trumpet players including Bill Sullivan of the Utah Symphony and Jay Rizzito of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Arts from California State University at Hayward were he studied conducting with Timothy Smith, piano performance with the world-renowned pianist Ellan Wasserman and trumpet performance with Jay Rizzito. Mr. Bentley has played piano professionally for over 30 years. His performances throughout the California Bay Area have included: the Olympic Club in San Francisco, the San Jose Fairmont Hotel and Nordstrom’s in San Francisco. He has also accompanied the distinguished Ballet West Conservatory as a rehearsal pianist. Mr. Bentley holds the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America's highest level of achievement. He currently lives in Salt Lake City with his beautiful wife Jennifer and their handsome young son, Jackson.