Chris Tanner, Steel Band and World Music

Interim Chair, Department of Music


209 Presser Hall
(513) 529-3082

Chris TannerChris Tanner is the founder and director of the Miami University Steel Band. He is the author of The Steel Band Game Plan: Strategies for Starting, Building and Maintaining Your Pan Program, a comprehensive resource covering all fundamental topics relating to the development of a steel band program, and the first of its kind to be published through a major firm. In 2011 he released his debut recording of original music for steel band and jazz soloists, titled First Impression. He has served as a guest clinician or performing artist at numerous festivals, workshops, high schools and universities. He is a frequently commissioned composer/arranger, and his works are published through Pan Ramajay Productions, Engine Room Publishing, and Panyard, Inc.

Dr. Tanner and the Miami University Steel Band have appeared on three occasions at the prestigious Percussive Arts Society International Convention (2011, 2005, 2002), and have also twice headlined the annual PANorama Music Festival in Virginia Beach, VA. Dr. Tanner has led the band in four studio recordings:

  • Three Wishes (2009)
  • Simple Pleasures (2006)
  • One More Soca (2003)
  • Burnin’ (2001)

All were produced and distributed by Pan Ramajay Productions.