Press Release – The Steel Band Game Plan: Strategies for Starting, Building, and Maintaining Your Pan Program Published

The Steel Band Game Plan: Strategies for Starting, Building, and Maintaining Your Pan Program Published by MENC: The National Association for Music Education in Partnership with Rowman & Littlefield Education


Chris Tanner Presents a Guide for Successful Implementation and Development of a Steel Band Program


RESTON, VA (January 3, 2007)The Steel Band Game Plan: Strategies for Starting, Building, and Maintaining Your Pan Program by Chris Tanner is the first comprehensive resource devoted to steel band pedagogy and is a must-have for individuals involved in the steel band idiom. Written primarily for educators, The Steel Band Game Plan addresses a wide variety of topics, including instrumentation, personnel, basic pan technique, repertoire, and rehearsal strategies.

This user-friendly, informative text addresses a sore need among the community of pan: the need for a thorough treatment of topics regarding the successful implementation and development of a steel band program. Anyone who currently directs or desires to start a steel band program will find the book accessible and enlightening. It’s a one-stop resource for a wide variety of information — from guidelines on major decisions such as what instruments to purchase to helpful tips for getting the most out of rehearsals.

Chris Tanner is founder and director of the Miami University (Ohio) Steel Band. A published composer through Pan Ramajay Productions, he has appeared as a guest clinician and performing artist with collegiate and high school steel bands throughout the United States.

“The Steel Band Game Plan is a primary resource, a comprehensive introduction written by a professional music educator for fellow professionals who want to expand their instrumental ensemble fields,” says Tom Miller, international steel drum artist and clinician and publisher of Pan Ramajay Productions. “If you are interested in starting a steel band in your school, this book will be of great assistance to you. Chris’s dedication and commitment to steel band make him the perfect candidate to write this book.”

The Steel Band Game Plan is available from Rowman & Littlefield Education for $24.95 (paper) or $55.00 (hardcover). MENC members receive a 25% discount. To order or for more information, call 800-462-6420 or visit

MENC: The National Association for Music Education, the world’s largest arts education organization, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. More than 130,000 members represent all levels of teaching from preschool to graduate school. Since 1907, MENC has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers. MENC’s activities and resources have been largely responsible for the establishment of music education as a profession, for the promotion and guidance of music study as an integral part of the school curriculum, and for the development of the National Standards for Arts Education.