Steve Taylor's association with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra began when he and his young wife Gail were contacted by then-Personnel Manager Larry Kramer in the Fall of 1978, just days into their teaching careers in the Hillsdale Local Schools. They both played in the ensemble (horn and flute, respectively) for several years, personally witnessing the inception of the Mansfield Symphony Chorus, the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the organization's move from Malabar High School to its current home, the beautifully-restored Renaissance Theatre.
Steve's musical training was accomplished at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University. In addition to the M.S.O., he has performing experience in the Youngstown Symphony and the Ashland Symphony, and continues to perform in several chamber groups, including the Renaissance Brass Quintet.
He enjoyed a very successful thirty-five-year career at Hillsdale, teaching and directing its large and active band program in grades five through twelve. In addition, Steve taught Humanities and Music Appreciation courses for several years, assisted with vocal music groups, and served as an adjudicator for district and state events of the Ohio Music Education Association.
He and Gail are currently immersed in an eclectic buffet of musical endeavors. He conducts the American Federation of Musicians Local 159 Summer Concert Band, serves as a professional Educational Tour Consultant for Noteworthy Tours, Inc., and, most importantly, greatly enjoys his position with the M.S.O. and its related ensembles, describing it all as "an inspiring mix of people and music!"