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 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 have compiled a host of resources that we feel are beneficial to the community, as well as a number of pedagogical articles on various topics. Additionally, we are launching soon a series of YouTube videos featuring experts in the field. All of these resources are free and open to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to providing these resources to all, members and non-members alike during these difficult times. If you are not currently a member of NSSBE, we hope you will consider supporting our community through your membership, when the time is right for you.

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 virtually at our professional conference on February 27, 2021. Watch this space for further details to be announced over the summer months.

Finally, NSSBE is a young organization, and as we look forward to growing in the years to come, 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


NSSBE Commentary on Steel Band and COVID-19
NSSBE has released a document titled NSSBE Commentary on Steel Band and COVID-19 on July 10, 2020. The document is intended to provide directors and band leaders with helpful suggestions on how to manage their ensembles during the pandemic. 
NSSBE Announces Virtual Format for 2021 Professional Conference
Due to uncertainty stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NSSBE has determined that our 2021 Professional Conference will be held in virtual format. The dates for the conference, February 27, 2021, will not change.
The Society is delighted that all previously scheduled presenters have confirmed their availability for the virtual format. We look forward to their sessions. Further details on session topics will be announced as we approach the dates.
Registration for the 2021 Virtual Professional Conference will open in the Fall. Please watch our website, and the Steel Band Directors Facebook page  for further information.


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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.