We Teach Pan

NSSBE is a nonprofit organization founded in 2016, dedicated to advancing steel band education in the United States.

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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.

The Steel Times

The official journal publication of the National Society of Steel Band Educators. The journal includes regular columns from notable pan artists and articles on steel band history and pedagogy, performance exercises, and commentary. 

Annual Conference

Our annual professional conference brings members together from across the nation, to engage in professional development and foster connections between practitioners. 


Welcome 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. Through the information presented on this site, and also through our annual professional conference, 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, which originated on the island of Trinidad.

As you explore the site, please take a moment to visit our About page, where you’ll find our mission statement, and our goals. I also encourage you to take advantage of our many offerings, including:

The Steel Times: the journal of our Society, published electronically two to three times per year.

Archives of helpful articles [see the drop-down for Educational Resources above] addressing fundamental issues in directing and leading steel bands.

Links to various teaching resources and other resources such as directories of pan builders/tuners, theses and dissertations, and other publications.

Finally, 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. Through developing and expanding our network of pan educators, we will strengthen our ties, and inspire one another to pursue excellence.


Chris Tanner, President