The National Society of Steel Band Educators is a national nonprofit organization founded in August 2016.
The National Society of Steel Band Educators is dedicated to advancing steel band education in the United States.
- To connect steel band educators by serving as a center and focal point for issues directly related to the quality of steel band education in the United States
- To foster excellence in the steel band art form by providing resources, professional development, and networking opportunities
- To promote greater knowledge, appreciation and support of the steel band community, both among practitioners and the general public
- To honor the cultural heritage and traditions of steel pans and steel bands
Board of Directors
Chris (D.M.A., West Virginia University, 2000) is professor of music at Miami University and the founder and director of the Miami University Steel Band. The Miami University Steel Band has appeared three times at the prestigious Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2011, 2005, 2002), and has also twice headlined the annual PANorama Music Festival in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The ensemble has five studio recordings produced and distributed by Pan Ramajay Productions.
Tanner is active as a performer, educator, and composer/arranger. He has served as a guest clinician or performing artist at numerous festivals, workshops, high schools and universities. Most notably, Tanner is the author of The Steel Band Game Plan: Strategies for Starting, Building and Maintaining Your Pan Program, published in December 2006 by Rowman & Littlefield Education under the auspices of NAfME.
Dr. Brandon Haskett is an Associate Professor of Music Education at Saginaw Valley State University and teaches music education courses, general education courses, Percussion Ensemble, and Valley Steel. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education and a Masters of Music in Percussion Performance.
Haskett previously taught at North Georgia College and State University as the Coordinator of Music Education. Previously, he taught band, orchestra, jazz band, and steel band at Kenilworth School (K-8) in Phoenix, Arizona.
Haskett’s main research focus includes the study of world music ensembles in the public schools and adult/community music education. His work has been published in the International Journal of Community Music, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, and Percussive Notes. He is a frequent presenter of academic and pedagogical presentations throughout the United States.
Yuko Asada is a steelpan educator, performer, builder, tuner, arranger and transcriber. Her passion for steelpan grew during her undergraduate years at West Virginia University (WVU) where she was first introduced to steelpan building and tuning by Ellie Mannette.
She furthered her studies at Northern Illinois University (NIU) where she received her Master’s degree and Performance Certificate in steelpan. Studying under Cliff Alexis and Liam Teague, she acquired skills to play multiple pans, build, tune, teach, arrange and transcribe.
Yuko currently directs the NIU Community School of the Arts Steelband in DeKalb, IL and Naperville District 203 Junior High School Steelband and High School Steelband in Naperville IL. She is the steelband director of the District 203 Riverwalk Percussion Camp in Naperville, Illinois and the assistant steelband director at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin.
Yuko co-founded and arranges for Pastiche Steel Ensemble (PSE), which was selected as guest artists to perform at International Conference and Panorama in Trinidad and Tobago premiering the Virtual Steelband project.
Patty Dee has been a committed and successful music educator for over 20 years teaching elementary, middle and high school classroom music, band, and steel band in California. Patty has a Master’s Degree in Education.
For 15 years, she has led various steel drum performing groups that have performed at festivals, weddings, and community events. Patty has performed on steel drums as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and other venues with local high school and professional choirs and orchestras. She attends yearly steel drum workshops in West Virginia and Colorado, and continues to compose and arrange for steel band and directs two steel bands at Cuesta College Community Programs in San Luis Obispo, California.
Matt Dudack is currently senior lecturer in percussion at the University of Akron where he is artistic director of the acclaimed University of Akron Steel Drum Band. He received two Emmy nominations for his work with “Hammer on Steel,” a PBS broadcast and DVD which has since aired all over the United States.
Collaborations have included such notable steelpan artists as Boogsie Sharpe, Cliff Alexis, Ray Holman, Tom Miller, Liam Teague, Robert Greenidge, Earl Rodney, Andy Narell, Relator, and David Rudder. Matt is also artistic director of the steelband at the Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Akron. His arrangements and method books are published by MauMauMusic.
Mike Greer is currently in his 13th year as the steel band director at DuBose Middle School in Summerville, SC. Under his direction, the DuBose Middle School Wildcat Steel Band grew from 14 members its first year to over 300 students now enrolled annually in the program. The DMS Steel Band program is currently one of the largest middle school steel band programs in the country. In the Spring of 2017, The DuBose Steel Band released Momentum, their first album featuring the members of the DMS Steel Bands, as well as internationally acclaimed
Mike served as the front ensemble technician for the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps from 2000 through 2006. During this time, the Cadets earned the 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005 World Percussion Champion Titles and two DCI Division I World Champion titles. As a member of the Cadets drum staff, Mike conducted numerous marching percussion clinics throughout the United States.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Music in Percussion degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Eastern Kentucky University, as well as Master of Music in Percussion degree from Miami University. Mike endorses Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets, Pearl Drums, and Adams Concert Percussion as a member of their education teams.
In the summer of 2017, he traveled to Laborie, St Lucia to perform with the Laborie Steel Band in the St Lucia Panorama. Mike enjoys spending time with his wife, Kara, and their 3 children. He is an avid outdoorsman and loves to participate in marathons, adventure races, triathlons, and any other race he has time to train for!
As a professional pan tuner based in Austin, Texas, Emily Lemmerman has uncommon access to and perspective on our national steelband landscape. She travels to work with bands from coast to coast(and beyond) not only as a tuner, but also as an educator, clinician, adviser, and performer. With a formal background in classical music, after a full-time apprenticeship with Ellie Mannette, and with over 20 years of experience in the field, Emily is one of few people intensively immersed in the broad range of major steelband communities that exist in the United States. Emily is a passionate advocate for collaboration and celebration of the diversity that enriches the many successful pan programs that bring joy to communities across America.
Tom Miller’s vast experience as a performing percussionist, steel drummer, composer, arranger and educator has made him one of the most respected and sought after soloists and clinicians today. Tom has performed worldwide with his own popular group Pan Ramajay, with other notable pan artists, Andy Narell, Ray Holman, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, Othello Molineaux, the Our Boys Steel Orchestra. Tom was also a featured guest performer at Trinidad and Tobago’s annual “Pan and Jazz Festival,” in 2005 and 2010.
He currently is the director of Steel Drum Ensembles at the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music as well as the founder and director of the Pan Ramajay Summer Steel Drum Festival, in Denver, Colorado, occurring annually in July. Tom is the founder and president of one of the foremost steel drum music publishing companies, Pan Ramajay Productions (www.ramajay.com).
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Eugene Novotney received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Percussion from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music Degree & Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Illinois, with emphasis in Percussion, Composition, and Ethnomusicology.
He has performed on several occasions in Trinidad’s National Panorama Competition, and he has regularly served as an adjudicator for Pan Trinbago, the national governing body for the advancement of steelband music in Trinidad & Tobago.
He is Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies at California State University-Humboldt, and is the founder and coordinator of the “Percussion in World Music” program for the California State University Summer Arts Program.
Novotney currently serves as a member of the Board of Director’s of the Percussive Arts Society. His recordings have been released on the Bembe, Delos, SANCH, Pogo, Rituals and Earthbeat (Rhino) labels, and his compositions and arrangements are available through Smith Publications of Sharon, Vermont and Mau Mau Music of Cleveland, Ohio. His professional artists endorsements include Black Swamp Percussion, REMO Incorporated, and the Cooperman Fife and Drum Company.
Richard Rudolph continues a 40 year career in music education beginning as a band director and later focusing on school world music, specifically steelpan. Richard completed his undergraduate music studies at East Tennessee State University and did graduate work at Radford University.
Richard currently directs eight elementary-middle school bands as well as serving as adjunct world music instructor at Hollins University in Roanoke , Virginia. He is an active workshop clinician and conducts elementary workshops in local schools providing an opportunity for students to form a steel band and learn to perform Caribbean music. This outreach annually serves over 3000 students. He and his wife, Delilah, operate Quest Academy, which is home for three adult steel bands and an all women’s steel band directed by Delilah known as the Bahama Mamas.
Liam Teague is Professor of Music and Head of Steelpan studies at Northern Illinois University, where he also directs the renowned NIU Steelband.
Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan”, his commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steelpan has taken him to throughout the world, and he has received many awards from his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Humming Bird National Award (Silver) and the Ansa McAl Caribbean Award for Excellence.
Teague has won a number of notable competitions such as the Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Festival Solo Championship and the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteers Association Young Artist Competition. He has also performed with many diverse ensembles which include: National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Panama National Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Vermeer String Quartet, Avalon String Quartet, Nexus, Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Symphonic Band, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band, and the PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars Steel Orchestra.
Teague has appeared in concert with Grammy-Award winning musicians Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Zakir Hussain and Dame Evelyn Glennie, and has regularly collaborated with NIU colleague and multi-instrumentalist Robert Chappell. As a performer and clinician, he has presented at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) and educational institutions across the globe.
Many of his compositions and arrangements are published with MaumauMusic, PanPress and RamajayMusic, and he has commissioned outstanding composers to write for the steelpan, including: Michael Colgrass, Jan Bach, Libby Larsen, Andy Akiho, Deborah Fisher Teason, Joey Sellers, Ben Wahlund, Erik Ross, Kevin Bobo and David Gordon.
He is steelband director at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin, and has also taught and performed at the California State University Summer Arts Camp and at the Interlochen Academy for the Performing Arts.
Teague has also created a steelpan method for beginners which is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest publisher of print music.
Liam Teague serves as musical arranger for the PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars Steel Orchestra at Panorama, the most celebrated steelband competition in the world, and has many recordings to his credit, including: Hands Like Lightning, For Lack of Better Words, Panoramic: Rhythm Through an Unobstructed View and Open Window.
An American of Trinidadian heritage, Sherwin was born into steelpan culture and has lived the art form his entire life. Thwaites has established a reputable career as a steelpan educator and musician, devoting his life to the advancement of steelpan culture. He has toured internationally, performing throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, bringing the steelpan to new horizons. He is a resident steelpan musician with Native Deen and has accompanied his classmate and Grammy award winning artist, Esperanza Spalding.
Thwaites has also performed alongside steelpan icons, including Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, Robert Greenidge, Ray Holman, Ken “Professor” Philmore, and Andy Narell. He has also helped some of the world’s most notable steel orchestras, such as Phase II Pan Groove, bring home numerous Panorama titles in Trinidad and Tobago. He currently serves as Musical Director and Arranger for Oasis Youth Steel Orchestra in Newark, New Jersey and Assistant Musical Director for Pan United Youth Movement, based in Washington, D.C.