Chief Warrant Officer 2 Steve Talbot is a native of Yorkshire, England and graduated from Harborfields High School on Long Island, New York. He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo before enlisting in the Marine Corps in May of 2003. Upon completion of recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, and Marine Combat Training at Camp Geiger, North Carolina, PFC Talbot checked aboard the Armed Forces School of Music in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 2004, Lance Corporal Talbot graduated from the Basic Music Course and checked aboard the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band in Cherry Point, North Carolina for duty as a trombone instrumentalist. During this tour he was promoted to corporal and sergeant, and he served as the acting Small Ensemble Leader.
In 2007, Sergeant Talbot deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was attached to 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense (LAAD) Battalion for duty at the Tactical Air Command Center as the Military Police section's Sergeant of the Guard. In 2008, Sergeant Talbot transferred to the Quantico Marine Corps Band in Quantico, Virginia where he led the Brass Quintet and served as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of the band’s training section. In 2009, he attended the Unit Leader Course at the Armed Forces School of Music and was promoted to staff sergeant. In 2010 he transferred to the Albany Marine Band in Albany, Georgia where he was selected for the band command element billet Small Ensemble Leader. In 2012, Staff Sergeant Talbot transferred to the 2nd Marine Division Band in Camp Lejeune, NC for service as Small Ensemble Leader. During this tour, he attended the Sound Reinforcement Course at the Naval School of Music and toured with the Marine Corps All-star Jazz Band.
In 2014, Staff Sergeant Talbot checked aboard the Naval School of Music for service as an instructor, where he also served as the Head of Basic Academics. He was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in 2016 and selected as the Fiscal Year 2016 Staff NCO Musician of the Year by HQMC while attending the Senior Musician Course. In 2017, Gunnery Sergeant Talbot served as the Marine Detachment, Naval School of Music’s Detachment Gunnery Sergeant, completed the Audition Trainer Course, and was selected for the Warrant Officer program. He attended the Warrant Officer Basic Course at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia in 2018. In 2018, Warrant Officer Talbot served as the Director and Officer in Charge of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.
He was promoted to his current rank in August 2019. In 2022, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Talbot assumed his current role as the Director and Officer in Charge of the Marine Forces Reserve Band in New Orleans, LA. A distinguished graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School, he is also the recipient of the Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert Bands. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three gold stars.