Thank you for visiting the National Society of Steel Band Educators (NSSBE) website . We are a nonprofit organization founded in 2016,

and dedicated to advancing steel band education in the United States. For further information, please consult the About page.

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President’s Welcome - Chris Tanner

On behalf of our Board of Directors and Steering Committee, I welcome you to the NSSBE website. The National Society of Steel Band Educators is a new professional organization dedicated to advancing steel band education in the United States. We aim to be a central resource for those who direct or lead steel bands in the U.S., and to foster a sense of community among practitioners of this wonderful art form.

We envision NSSBE as a member-driven organization, and so you'll notice that some content on the site is accessible to members only. We hope that you will support NSSBE, and indeed the steel band art form in the U.S. as a whole, through your membership.

While we intend for the website to be the primary vehicle for sharing best practices, pedagogies and news, we also realize that gathering together provides unique opportunities for engagement. Therefore we invite you to join us at our inaugural conference on March 10, 2018 in Oxford, OH on the campus of Miami University. You’ll be a part of history by attending this initial conference — don’t miss it! Further details can be found here.

Finally, NSSBE is a nascent organization, and as such we welcome your feedback. Contact us with your ideas. What do you want to see on our website? What sessions might be interesting or helpful on a conference program? How can we best serve you and meet your needs as either a veteran or an aspiring steel band educator? We look forward to hearing from you.


Chris Tanner, President


Featured News

NSSBE Newsletter: 2nd Edition

 The first second of our newsletter, “The Steel Times”, is now available for members. The newsletter contains features by Andy Narell, Eugene Novotney, Tom Miller, Ray Funk and Andrew Martin, and Dave Gerhart. To access the newsletter, navigate here.

New Fundamentals Article

Dr. Aaron Ziegler (University of Toledo, Owens Community College) has authored an article on arranging for steel band, focusing on strumming rhythms and chord voicings for double second and triple guitar pans. Dr. Ziegler discusses several strategies for making decisions on how to write effective parts for these instruments, and the article includes helpful charts that indicate how particular intervals (e.g., major third, perfect fourth) lay across the pans. Both experienced arrangers, as well as those new to the discipline, will benefit from reading this illuminating article.

1st NSSBE Professional Conference a Success

Over 50 NSSBE members gathered at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio on March 10, 2018.  More information from the conference and presenters hand-outs can be found here.




Steel Band Panoramic Picture

NSSBE members are passionate about pan. Become a member today, and join people across the nation who love the steel band art form, and who are dedicated to its success and growth.

Steel Band Fundamentals

Have questions about how to start a steel band? Want to learn best practices from experienced educators in the field? You’ve come to the right place.