Steven Banks

Saxophonist. Educator. Inclusion Advocate.

"To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable"

- Ludwig van Beethoven


To be a musician is really something. It goes very, very deep. My music is the spiritual expression of what I am. My faith, my knowledge, my being...I know that there are bad forces. I know that there are forces out here that bring suffering to others and misery to the world, but I want to be the opposite force. I want to be the force that is truly for good.
— John Coltrane
Each note has a reason to exist
— Maria Callas
Perfection is not attainable. is it? Yet perhaps the very quest for perfection is a sort of perfection in itself.
— David McGill

I believe in the power of music.  I experience this power daily through my own performances, educational partnerships with upcoming musicians, and by listening to anything I can get my hands on. The joy that it brings me is something that would be selfish to contain. My mission is to communicate what I believe about the genuine power of music with my audiences, students, and colleagues.

Performance Philosophy

I believe that a performance must move or inspire the listener. This will mean something different for every audience member. My hope is that sharing my true humanity with them on the stage will momentarily or permanently effect their lives  and encourage them to experience the value of such musical connections. 

Teaching Philosophy

As I encounter more beginning and intermediate musicians, I find that their understanding and view of music is often skewed. As a teacher, my primary goal is to instill the genuine love and respect of music in my students while also fostering their appropriate growth in music fundamentals. I firmly believe that if a student understands the true value of music first, that they will not falter in their desire to practice and reach a level of musicianship at which they, too, can communicate through music.