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 a 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.
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).
Four standing committees exist to advance the mission and goals of NSSBE: The Steel Times, Conference, Education, and Communication & Outreach. Hover over each member to see their name & committee.
Not currently pictured: Emily Lemmerman (The Steel Times) and Patty Dee (Education)