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Steve Vining

Class of 1973

While attending Finneytown, Mr. Vining played solo trumpet for four years in the band. He was also the student conductor, involved in Brass Choir (as a first in school history), and concert band.   Additionally, he was involved in all of the school musicals during his four years at Finneytown.

Upon graduation, Mr. Vining pursued a broadcasting degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music while taking a minor in Music. He made the Dean’s List, worked at WFIB-AM, was an on-air personality for WGUC-FM.

He completed his post-graduate seminar work at the London School of Economics, Harvard University and the Universidad de Navarra, Barcelona.

Mr. Vining’s professional career has ranged from Studio Manager (Pickwick Records Studios), Director of Marketing (RCA Victor), Vice-president and co-owner (Intersound International), and CEO (Euphonix).

Currently, he is president of Euro operations for Savoy Jazz/Denon Recods a subsidiary of Columbia Music Entertainment featuring recordings by jazz legends Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, as well as classic blues and R&B. 

Mr. Vining’s television production credits include: Executive Producer for George Winston’s “Season” (PBS 1996), and Winston Solstice on Ice (A&E, 1999). His music production credits include: conceived, performed and produced the project Chipmunk Punk (1980) which garnered a Platinum Record Award, and made the Billboard #15 Top 100 Pop LP Chart. He produced the film soundtracks to   Roxanne starring Steve Martin, and the Bruce Willis film Die Hard with a Vengenance. His Broadway recording credits list Grease in1994 featuring Rosie O’Donnel and the 1995 New Broadway Cast featuring Brooke Shields, Phantom – The American Musical Sensation (1992), Jerry Hadley – Standing Room Only (1992), and Patti LuPone Live (1993).

Mr. Vining has earned over 10 Grammy nominations for his work with jazz, classical/classical crossover, orchestral Pops, and Symphonic Rock recordings. He is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Audio Engineering Society, as well as the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association.

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