Pan Jam! Steel Band Workshop for Beginners

Chris Tanner onstage with the Miami Steel Band
Chris Tanner poses with arms crossed in front of a steelpan
 A woman plays steelpan
 Row of Miami Steel Band players onstage

Date: June 9-11, 2020 (Summer)
Medium: Music
Instructor: Chris Tanner (email)
Skill Level: All

A steel band is one of the most exciting and fun music ensembles in the world, and the best part is, anyone can learn to play pan! In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of steel pan technique from Chris, and you’ll be playing Caribbean music such as calypso and reggae in only a few hours. No music reading ability is required, and no prior experience on musical instruments of any kind is necessary. All you need is a desire to learn something new and to have fun making music with others.

Special pricing for non-credit workshop: $220

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Miami University has officially cancelled all face-to-face classes for the first summer term. This unfortunately means that CraftSummer must cancel our program scheduled for April and June.

Currently we are in the process of rescheduling some workshops to run towards the end of July. We will update our website as soon as we have dates and classes lined up.

We are also exploring the concept of creating workshop style classes to be offered online with the hopes of having a few classes available this year. It will include personal instruction, demos, live critiques and live feedback from the instructors. More info will follow soon.

We wish you well. Stay safe.


Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.


Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $10-15*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.


About the Instructor

Chris 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.