At the age of 10, Ed Stephen began playing the steel pan instrument in his native country of Trinidad. He grew up watching his father and uncle play the steel pan with the Invaders Steel Orchestra under the teachings of the renowned band leader Ellie Mannette. Ed went on to perform with the Starlift Steel Orchestra based in Trinidad. He traveled to England, Costa Rica, and throughout North America to perform. Today Ed performs as a steel drum player and band leader at many venues throughout South Florida. The Steel Band Culture Youth Program allows Ed to share his love of steel pans with young people in the community. Ed currently heads up the after-school steel drum program at Seminole Ridge High School. And naturally, in his spare time, he loves to go for walks with his dog, Boss.