The National Society of Steel Band Educators will host their second annual professional conference on Saturday, March 9, 2019 on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Presenters for the conference include:

  • Liam Teague 
  • Anthony Hailey 
  • Yuko Asada 
  • Andrew Martin
  • Emily Lemmerman
  • Chanler Bailey
  • Patty Dee 
  • Matt Dudack
  • Walnut Hills High School Steel Drum Band, Mike Wendeln, director

Detailed descriptions for individual sessions are below:

Exploring Technical Challenges in the Steel Band  9-10AM
Presenter: Matt Dudack
Over the past two decades, Matt Dudack has worked with steel bands of all ages, from elementary and middle school to collegiate and adult community bands. In this session, he will explore the various technical issues on each instrument in the steel band. Examining inherent difficulties on lead, double second, cello, and bass, he will share his thoughts and experiences educating pan players on refining technique. By using proper stick control and touch, performers can dictate the sound they are producing instead of letting the pan “play them.”
Starting a Community Steel Band Program 10:15-11:15AM
Presenter: Patty Dee
Patty Dee has started and maintained a community steel band since 1999. Starting a community steel band is a big endeavor and is uniquely different from teaching and running a school or college band. Patty will share some tips and ideas to keep in mind when embarking on such an adventure. Community steel band directors at the conference are encouraged to share their expertise as well, with time allotted for a Q&A.
Panel Discussion: Emily Lemmerman, Chanler Bailey, Matt Dudack, Andrew Martin
How Clifford Alexis and Ellie Mannette Shaped the Steel Band Discipline in the United States 11:30AM-12:30PM
Cliff Alexis and Ellie Mannette have shared so much of their knowledge, passion, and energy for the steel band art form with us throughout the years. This panel discussion celebrates their vast contributions to steel band education in the United States. Emily Lemmerman, Matt Dudack, Andrew Martin, and Chanler Bailey are the panel members for this session.
Examining Compositional Approaches for Solo Steelpan and Steelband 2-3PM
Presenter: Liam Teague
In this session, Liam Teague will share his insight and considerations when composing and arranging for the steelpan or the steelband, as well as a discussion of various pieces which he has commissioned.
Steel Band Laboratory: Exploring Rehearsal Strategies 3:15-4:30PM
Presenters: Yuko Asada and Anthony Hailey
In this session, two experienced directors will demonstrate various approaches to teaching and learning in a steel band setting, utilizing the Walnut Hills High School Steel Band as a demonstration group. Yuko Asada will rehearse two contrasting pieces written by Liam Teague: Hands Like Lightning and Chant. She will focus on technique, style, and stage presence to enhance the overall performance. Anthony Hailey will teach the verse and chorus sections of a tune by rote, demonstrating how accuracy, musicality, movement, and memorization are enhanced and achieved simultaneously by removing the obstacle of sheet music.
Liam Teague with Walnut Hills High School Steel Band 5:15-6:15PM
The 2019 Conference closes with a performance featuring Liam Teague alongside the Walnut Hills High School Steel Band. The performance will include many of Liam Teague’s compositions and arrangements as well as a piece by Ellie Mannette. 


A reception for all attendees and presenters will be held on the evening of Friday, March 8, 2019 from 7-9 PM at the conference location, Miami University’s Marcum Conference Center. We encourage all who are in town on Friday to attend the reception and to greet one another. On Saturday, registration opens at 8:15AM and we have coffee/pastries and some opening remarks.

A limited number of rooms are available at the Marcum Center. Contact Marcum by phone to make reservations, and be sure to tell them you’re with NSSBE:


A list of additional area hotels can be found here. Attendees are strongly encouraged to make reservations as early as possible.

The registration form is below.

Those with sponsor status that intend to have a table for the exhibition room should e-mail Brandon Haskett at to confirm your needs and make sure a table is reserved. More details about loading in will be provided soon.

Conference Registration

  • Must be a NSSBE member to be eligible for conference registration. If not a current member, please register before completing this form.
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