The instrument: Drums
The style: Rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, musical theater
The Gigs: Check Steve out in the orchestra pit at Iowa City Community Theatre’s production of “Wonderful Town” at the Englert, Feb. 18 to 21; Super Size Seven and Brian Troester Band.
The Rest of the Story: www.stevejunge.com
He can write. He’s produced. He’s a studio drummer-for-hire. He plays in his church’s jazz band. And that’s only the beginning.
Steve Junge also plays percussion with local rock cover band Super Size Seven. He’s hard to miss, with his wild antics and a sizable stage presence to match the band’s name. He plays the drums, but he also has a heavy vocal load.
“People find it interesting that
(I sing) as a drummer. I see myself as a musician who happens to play the drums,” he says. “I often find drums played alone really boring.
I needed something to do with
my hands while I was singing and the physicality as well as the
action of drumming suited my personality early on. I gravitated toward the drums based on that alone, I think.”
Steve also drums for the Brian Troester Band.
Oh. And add family man to the mix.
Steve, who plays in the orchestra pit for both high school and Iowa City area theater productions, has played percussion for recent shows such as “Grease,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Camelot” and “Hello, Dolly!”
“One of my favorite things about being involved with theater projects is that each show incorporates so many things that I love about music — the stage, singing and dancing, vocal music, orchestral music, the performance, the buzz of opening night. All of it,” he says.
“I am really looking forward to doing “Wonderful Town” with the Iowa City Community Theatre in February. Bernstein’s music is amazing and it is shaping up to be a great show.”