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 professional conference on March 8-9, 2019 in Oxford, OH on the campus of Miami University.  Further details can be found here. 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

Ellie Mannette: 1927-2018

Ellie Mannette, master steelpan tuner and builder, passed away from kidney failure on August 29, 2018. His obituary appeared in the New York Times. NSSBE recognizes and celebrates Ellie's tremendous contribution to our discipline, and extends heartfelt sympathy to all those who knew Ellie as a teacher, mentor, friend, and inspirational figure. 

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.






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.