Steve Thompson studied trombone, composition and arrangement and electronic music at the Trinity College of Music in London between 1990 and 1995, then continued his studies for a further year as a Trinity Jazz Scholar. During this time he also received the Associate Diploma from the Royal College of Music (ARCM). After college, Steve played with orchestras and ensembles including the London Concert Orchestra, The London Mozart Players, the Virtuosi of London and the Glenn Miller orchestra.
Steve is one of the worlds only laser harpists and has played this spectacular and unusual instrument live in the UK, USA and Far East. His YouTube videos of the instrument in action have received over a quater of a million views and in 2014 was featured on an episode of the enormously popular 'GeekBeat TV'.
His arrangements for brass have been performed in Italy, USA, Australia, Africa and Japan. Steve was asked to write a short fanfare for the opening of a new Opera House in Central London, an event attended by HRH The Prince of Wales, and later that year he was asked to write a similar composition for HRH The Princess Royal. Other commissions followed including an invitation to play at Downing Street.
His first book, a tutor for budding trombonists, was published by Warwick Music in 2006 and has sold all around the world. Currently Steve can be heard playing with the hugely successful 'Hackney Colliery Band' and appears on the group's third album due for release in Spring 2016.
Steve is currently Head of Brass at Eltham College in London and also teaches brass at St Dunstan's College.
He has performed in almost every major concert venue in the UK, and has toured Europe, the USA and the Far East and has worked with many virtuoso musicians and stars of both the classical and popular music worlds, including Nigel Kennedy, Eliza Doolittle, Robert Smith of the Cure, Eric Idle, Alison Moyet, Lisa Stansfield, Charlotte Church, Russel Watson and Professor Brian Cox. He has also appeared on TV and Radio including ITV's 'Ant n' Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway', the BBC's 'The Two Ronnies Sketch Book,' 'The One Show' and Jamie Cullum's Radio 2 show. In 2015 he recorded 'A Brass Band Wonderland' with the Hackney Colliery Band for Sky TV.
In 2012, Steve was one of only a handful of musicians to play live in both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympic Games, each being broadcast to around 1.3 billion people worldwide
His first solo EP was released in 2012 entitled 'Betcha Bottom Dollar' and has sold in the UK and around the world.
His new project '1201_Alarm' is inspired by science, technology and innovation and fuses his love of electronic music with contemporary classical and jazz. The group played their first engagement in Singapore in 2015 and are currently recording their first album.