Dr. Steve Schaughency was born in Endicott, New York and began playing Horn in one of the strongest high school jazz programs in the north eastern United States, solidifying an early foundation for playing in jazz and popular music styles. At the Ithaca College, he was the only Horn player to pursue a jazz oriented course of study, which continued though graduate schools, culminating with an earned Doctorate in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado. His teachers have included Louis Stout, Jack Covert, Jack Herrick and Jerry Peel.
As a performer, Dr. Schaughency has worked with internationally recognized jazz artists such as Quincy Jones, Chuck Mangione, Diane Reeves, J. J. Johnson, Clark Terry, Paul Winter, Dave Brubeck, Marvin Stamm, and Rob McConnell. In the 1990s, he was lead Horn and soloist with the Joel Kaye Neophonic Orchestra, giving weekly big band jazz performances in Colorado. For 20 years, Steve was a member of the United States Air Force Band, performing all styles of music, from Classical to Pop for audiences on 4 continents. Steve has also held positions in various Symphony orchestras in the United States and Europe.
Dr. Steve Schaughency has been on the faculty at the University of Northern Colorado teaching Jazz History. Additionally, Steve has been a Yamaha sponsored adjudicator at Jazz Festivals, worked as a Jazz concert promoter working directly with such artists as Arturo Sandoval, the New York Voices, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Mike Stern and, recently, a clinician at European Horn workshops teaching Jazz styles.