Internationally renowned jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician, author, and educator, Steve Houghton initially received acclaim at age twenty as the drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Since then he has shared stage and studio with luminaries Freddie Hubbard, Dave Samuels, Dave Stryker, Walter Smith III, Clay Jenkins, Josh Nelson, Harold Land, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bob Florence, Lyle Mays, Bob Sheppard, Billy Childs, Bobby Hutcherson, Pat LaBarbara, Bill Cunliffe, Steve Allee, Joe Henderson, among many others.

Houghton’s recent recordings include: What’s New? – Rusty Burge Group, Tomorrow Is Not Promised – Josh Nelson- Bob Bowman Collective, Hubbub – the Steve Houghton Quartet, and Brother to Brother – AHA Trio.  Houghton attributes more than one hundred recordings to his credit as a leader and participating artist. As a classical percussionist, Houghton has performed with the Boston, and Philadelphia Pops orchestras, U.S. Army Band, as well as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He frequently appears as a soloist with numerous orchestras and wind ensembles throughout the world.

As an author, Houghton’s publications boast more than thirty educational books, videos and DVDs including: Drumset 101, Kid’s Drumset Coursebooks 1 & 2, Essential Styles- books 1 & 2, The Ultimate Drumset Chart Reading Anthology (Alfred), Studio and Big Band Drumming (Barnhouse), The Drumset Soloist (WB), and his latest project, Rhythm Section Workshop for Jazz Directors (Alfred) is a DVD-book series that addresses the entire rhythm section.  In addition, he is an important member of the Vic Firth education team, contributing numerous series and lessons to the website.

Houghton is Professor Emeritus of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, having retired in 2020.  He continues to maintain an active recording and performing schedule. Houghton is a Past- President of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) a founding member of the Jazz Education Network (JEN) and endorses Yamaha drums and percussion, Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Remo world percussion products and drumheads.    


What's Next?

What's Next?


Tomorrow is Not Promised

Lovin and a swingin

Lovin' and a Swingin'