In order to improve his playing in the 1990s Stephan takes lessons with Hans-Peter Becker at the Modern Music School in Idar-Oberstein. Inspired by him, he went after studying pedagogics in 1996 to Los Angeles to study there at the Los Angeles Music Academy with teacher-legends such as Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Mark Schulman (P!nk, Foreigner, Billy Idol), etc. a year under the California sun drums.
He meets frequently to jam with Dave Lombardo (Slayer), who he met before at a drum camp of the Modern Music School.
After his return from America Stephan starts to teach in the Modern Music School and today runs the Modern Music School in Trier, Hermeskeil and Kasel.
Over the years he played in several bands. He records two albums with "The Shanes" and toured with them for several years through Europe and America.
In 2006 Stephan founded the Metallica Tribute Band "Moretallica" which merged in 2010 with MY'TALLICA Tribute Band and has since set standards for authentic Metallica cover shows all over
Since 2007 he plays drums in the band Timeless, here he plays classic rock unplugged.