With over 50 years of playing experience, Steve Stickler has held the "low reed" chair in the sax section--playing baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, & clarinet. Steve is an Anderson native and present resident. He is a graduate of Madison Heights High School, Ball State University, & the University of Alabama. After a 38-year career in music education, Steve retired in 2009. Among the schools where he taught are Madison Heights, North Side Middle School, and Highland High School. Since retirement from teaching, Steve works as a freelance musician. He also teaches private & group woodwind instruction. In addition to playing with the Heartland Band, Steve plays woodwinds for Actors Theatre of Indiana, Madison Park Church Orchestra, and many other community musical groups. With sons Jeff and Tim, and daughter Erin and their different families, Steve enjoys watching their kids grow and develop.