Biography

I am a public elementary school music teacher in Indianapolis. I also direct the children's choirs at our church. I love to play piano. I play solo piano jobs around town, and also lead a jazz trio (piano, bass, drums). I was born in 1959.

I got GarageBand in the summer of 2004, when I upgraded from my trusty indigo G3 500 mhz iMac to a 1.25 ghz eMac. The eMac is not the sexiest machine Apple makes, but it sure can do a lot. I've used many diifferent kinds of sequencers over the years (Cubasis, Yamaha XGWorks, Digital Performer), but GB is by far the most fun.

My first Mac was a 1998 PowerPC 5500/225 all-in-one computer, designed for the education market. A lot like the the iMac -- CD drive and floppy drive (and all other computer guts) in same housing as monitor. It still works great, in my daughter's bedroom. My 2001 indigo iMac also still runs great.

I have had a couple of choral pieces for children's choirs published. One was published as an octavo by Hal Leonard Publishing, and the other was published as part of anthology by LifeWay. That was about five years ago. Feeling the flush of publishing success, I sent off many other pieces in the next year or two, only to meet with polite rejection letters. After a couple of years, I stopped trying. I had visions of retiring from teaching to concentrate on getting my compositions published, but it was not to be, at least not now. Maybe someday I'll dive in again and send off some more stuff. In the meantime, producing my own jazz piano CD has been an excellent "alternate outlet" for my creative urges.

Since 1991, I have been a piano judge for the Indiana State School Music Association's yearly auditions. That has been a great experience. My hand gets tired from writing by the end of the day, but it's worth it for the kids' sakes. I try to be as positive as I can be in my comments, even when a student has a bad case of the nerves. And this judging experience has allowed me to reconnect with people that I went to music school with at Ball State many years ago (1978-82).

My wife is also an elementary music teacher in Indianapolis. We have three kids, ages 13, 17, and 19. The younger two play cello and violin, and our oldest plays handbells in the church handbell choir.

Here’s my 2010 jazz piano CD, “Beethoven Jazz, And More!”, available on CD Baby, and the iTunes Music Store.

Here’s my 2008 jazz piano CD, “Jazz Meets Classical!”, available on CD Baby, and the iTunes Music Store.

Here’s my 2005 jazz piano CD, available on CD Baby, and the iTunes Music Store.

Also check out my jazz piano website at www.johnstebbe.com

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Smoke-free piano job February 3, 2006
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Music rss

Title Genre Released Plays
Midwest States Song Childrens Oct 10, 2013 1472
Woodwind Family Song Childrens Apr 12, 2013 5786
String Family Song Childrens Mar 12, 2013 1634
Brass Family Song Childrens Mar 8, 2013 4907
Angels We Have Heard On High Jazz Oct 9, 2012 470
Praise To The Lord LIVE Spiritual/Gospel Oct 3, 2012 439
Praise To The Lord, The Almighty Spiritual/Gospel Sep 24, 2012 1140
Jolly Old St. Nicholas Jazz Dec 22, 2011 1081
All The Pretty Little Horses Childrens Sep 18, 2011 735
The Armor of God Spiritual/Gospel May 28, 2011 3722
Referendum Art-Music-PE song v.2 Funk Jan 25, 2011 2210
Referendum Art-Music-PE Pop Jan 24, 2011 662
ISTEP Song 2011 Childrens Jan 14, 2011 2592
Lima Bean camp song Childrens Jan 14, 2011 4148
Sonata Pathetique: Rondo Classical Oct 30, 2010 661
Symphony #5: Allegro con brio Classical Oct 18, 2010 1175
I'm a Nut Childrens Sep 11, 2010 830
Sing Alleluia Spiritual/Gospel Jul 12, 2009 1116
This Is My Father's World Jazz Apr 28, 2009 4685
Be Thou My Vision Jazz Apr 5, 2009 1483
Silent Night (jazz trio version) Holiday Dec 21, 2008 3906
I Love To Tell The Story Spiritual/Gospel Mar 13, 2008 1872
50 States Song Childrens Mar 11, 2008 11201
Grandfather's Jazz Clock Jazz Jan 22, 2008 1468
O Christmas Tree (jazz piano trio) 2007 Holiday Dec 7, 2007 1988
Crown Him (Kids Sing 2007) Childrens Oct 28, 2007 887
God Knows (Kids Sing) Childrens Oct 21, 2007 1131
He Is The Way (John 14:6) Childrens Oct 14, 2007 2896
Stebbe's Favorite Jokes Comedy Sep 5, 2007 949
Trumpet Piano Collab Collab Jazz Aug 30, 2007 1603
Indy Summer jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 18, 2007 1213
Bossa Blue Latin Jun 23, 2007 983
Wonderful Words of Life (kids sing) Childrens Apr 15, 2007 3428
Here's A Song For You (kids sing) Childrens Apr 15, 2007 923
Living For The King (kids sing) Childrens Mar 11, 2007 1504
Come Thou Fount (kids sing) Childrens Feb 25, 2007 1287
Christmas Day (kids sing) Childrens Dec 10, 2006 1277
While By The Sheep (kids sing) Holiday Dec 3, 2006 1150
Brahms Jazz Piano Trio Jazz Nov 18, 2006 2140
I Want To Follow Jesus LIVE Spiritual/Gospel Nov 12, 2006 2226
Two Spiritual Rounds LIVE Childrens Oct 29, 2006 2167
Oh, How I Love Jesus LIVE Childrens Oct 22, 2006 1914
He's Got The Whole World LIVE Childrens Oct 8, 2006 1761
Oh, How I Love Jesus (jazz) Spiritual/Gospel Sep 1, 2006 4720
Blessed Assurance Sax LIVE Jazz Aug 8, 2006 3718
Stebbe LIVE Combo Blues Blues Jul 29, 2006 1356
Brethren, We Have Met To Worship Spiritual/Gospel Jul 16, 2006 7303
I Am Not Ashamed (Romans 1:16) Spiritual/Gospel May 22, 2006 4626
Mother's Day Song II LIVE Childrens May 14, 2006 1228
Love Like No Other Childrens May 1, 2006 1606
Mother's Day Song Childrens Apr 26, 2006 1692
John Stebbe: A Slice Of Life Music Videos Apr 10, 2006 1604
After Summer piano jazz trio Jazz Apr 3, 2006 2539
God On High (kids sing) Childrens Mar 26, 2006 1202
Holy Holy Holy (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Mar 17, 2006 2606
It Is Well (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 26, 2006 1786
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 26, 2006 7236
God Made Me (kids sing) Childrens Feb 12, 2006 1434
Latin Steinway Latin Feb 12, 2006 1890
Oh Susannah piano jazz Jazz Feb 5, 2006 2620
LuvdByYouPianoOnly Rock Jan 30, 2006 1243
Luvd By You (Steinway) Collab Rock Jan 30, 2006 2140
Jazz Bosendorfer Jazz Jan 22, 2006 2164
My Wild Irish Rose piano jazz Jazz Jan 16, 2006 2265
It Is Well With My Soul Spiritual/Gospel Jan 11, 2006 11129
John Stebbe Trio LIVE Music Videos Dec 20, 2005 2804
What Child Is This? Holiday Nov 27, 2005 2444
Dream Vaporman Collab Other Nov 23, 2005 1444
Kum Ba Yah (kids sing) Childrens Nov 20, 2005 2664
God Rest Ye Jazzy Gentlemen Jazz Nov 7, 2005 2421
Christmas Medley Piano Solo Jazz Oct 23, 2005 2854
Jolly Old St. Nick Jazz Jazz Oct 13, 2005 1518
ISTEP Test Song Childrens Aug 27, 2005 5403
This Little Light Of Mine (piano jazz) Jazz Aug 22, 2005 18324
Latin Jazz Collab. Jazz May 1, 2005 1598
Mozart jazz collab Jazz Apr 10, 2005 2404
Piano Funk! collab Collab Jazz Mar 31, 2005 1945
Ode To Joy jazz collab Jazz Mar 24, 2005 2307
Beethoven Collab Jazz Jazz Mar 23, 2005 2214
Shenandoah2 (Ivory piano/pad) Jazz Mar 20, 2005 2318
Surely I Am With You Always (kids sing) Childrens Mar 20, 2005 1916
Just A Closer Walk With Thee (kids sing) Childrens Mar 13, 2005 1608
KumBaYah (Ivory piano solo) Spiritual/Gospel Mar 12, 2005 1685
Take My Life (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 27, 2005 1555
Shenandoah (piano solo) Jazz Feb 26, 2005 6757
Peace Round A Cappella Feb 23, 2005 6270
Piano Funk! 2 Jazz Feb 21, 2005 1507
Piano Funk! Funk Feb 20, 2005 2555
God Is So Good (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 14, 2005 2011
Blessed Assurance (kids sing) Spiritual/Gospel Feb 13, 2005 1939
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen Jazz Feb 11, 2005 6559
Aura Lee collab. trio -- better Jazz Jan 25, 2005 1576
Bach Jazz Trio collaboration Jazz Jan 23, 2005 6179
God Is So Good Spiritual/Gospel Jan 18, 2005 2288
Amazing Grace (3 jazz variations) Jazz Jan 9, 2005 7864
Latin Excursion Latin Jan 3, 2005 1934
Railroad Jazz Jazz Dec 28, 2004 1846
Bach Jazz piano solo Jazz Dec 20, 2004 2837
Of The Father's Love Begotten Holiday Dec 12, 2004 5050
Go Tell It On The Mountain (kids sing) Holiday Dec 5, 2004 1784
Glory to God (kids sing) Childrens Nov 28, 2004 1501
Beethoven Jazz Jazz Nov 24, 2004 9834
"Aura Lee" jazz piano/bass duo Jazz Nov 15, 2004 2288
Battle Hymn jazz piano solo Jazz Nov 13, 2004 4351
Peace For The World Inspirational Nov 7, 2004 1389
Oh, Be Careful Childrens Nov 7, 2004 1405
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus Spiritual/Gospel Oct 29, 2004 2198
Crown Him (Kids Sing) Childrens Oct 24, 2004 1501
Six Days Childrens Oct 17, 2004 1529
"Dad, Did I Do Good?" Childrens Oct 10, 2004 1942
Razzle Dazzle Cheerleaders Childrens Oct 6, 2004 2228
Bass Fisherman's "ThatGuy" promo Other Sep 23, 2004 1284
In My Room (I Sit And Dream) Inspirational Sep 22, 2004 1541
Yankee Doodle Blues piano/vibes quartet Jazz Sep 20, 2004 1961
Crown Him With Many Crowns Spiritual/Gospel Aug 29, 2004 3297
Amazing Grace (Live at Nordstrom) Jazz Aug 8, 2004 2180
America The Beautiful jazz piano solo Jazz Jul 17, 2004 14349
Easy Way Out Funk Jul 11, 2004 1618
Cool Samba jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 10, 2004 6835
C Minor Blues (better mix) Blues Jul 9, 2004 2023
C Minor Blues jazz piano trio Jazz Jul 7, 2004 2117
Come Down Spiritual/Gospel Jul 3, 2004 1907
Indy Blues jazz piano trio Jazz May 28, 2004 2478
Surely, Surely Inspirational May 28, 2004 1364
The Continents Song Childrens Apr 29, 2004 27748
Rain Forest Rap Childrens Apr 18, 2004 14073
Bye Bye Blues (600 SongFlutes) Childrens Apr 18, 2004 2755
Presidents Song Childrens Apr 17, 2004 40480
The Lord Is My Light Inspirational Apr 17, 2004 1748
Counting By Fives Childrens Apr 17, 2004 8394
Boom Chicka Boom (Hear the crickets?) Childrens Apr 15, 2004 4360
New Testament book list Inspirational Apr 12, 2004 8013
Old Testament Book List Inspirational Apr 12, 2004 7105
The Muscle Groups Song Childrens Apr 12, 2004 14366
"Famous Guitar Player" 1978 Other Apr 12, 2004 6824
The Circulatory System Song Childrens Apr 12, 2004 20665
Chopsticks (with errors) Other Apr 12, 2004 1912
Amazing Grace jazz piano trio Jazz Apr 11, 2004 9110
Danny Boy jazz piano trio Jazz Apr 11, 2004 6152
Weekend Amateur Bass Fisherman Comedy Apr 11, 2004 2151
Bow Wow Doggie Childrens Apr 11, 2004 6975

Collaborations

Title Genre Released Plays
Till There Was You-Know-Who Jazz Feb 23, 2009 781
The Other Side of Night Music Videos Jul 9, 2006 2205
Jazz on Altair (with John Stebbe) Jazz Jun 25, 2006 3314
Nobody Knows the Trouble I Have Seen Jazz Apr 5, 2006 5329
Half Baked Blues Jazz Jan 17, 2006 2290
I'm not a jukebox (with ssstebbe) Jazz Jan 16, 2006 4132
Transatlantic Blues Blues Jan 2, 2006 2447
Vap's dream (One more cat licking) Alternative Dec 12, 2005 3093
My Dream [full collab draft] Alternative Dec 12, 2005 4918
When The Crickets Sing Jazz Dec 4, 2005 2727
Louisiana Swing Jazz Nov 23, 2005 4339
Beethoven Jazz II (with ssstebbe) Jazz Nov 21, 2005 3490

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