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2017 Biographies — Steel Pans

Gary Gibson

Gary Gibson

Steel Pan

Gary is a Seattle-based musician with a 40 year history in steel pan, and is an influential composer and performer of progressive music for the steel pan and steel band, blending his knowledge of classical and jazz music with his passion for traditional Caribbean rhythms and forms. He is known internationally as a clinician and concert/recording artist, and makes numerous trips each year to adjudicate at steel band festivals or be a guest concert artist with college and high school steel band groups around the country. Gibson has recorded five critically acclaimed albums of original progressive music featuring the steel pan, is the winner of two out of three categories of Trinidad’s “Symphony and Steel” composition contest, and is a national champion of Trinidad’s “Panorama National Steel Band Championship.” He is regularly commissioned to compose original works (often involving the steel pan or steel band in some way), and is the composer of the most significant work in existence for steel band and choir, “In the Shadows of the Forest,” a nine-movement, 50-minute “pan cantata” with a libretto based on the folkloric characters of Trinidad. He has received numerous commissions from symphony orchestras, including the National Sinfonia of Trinidad.


Chris Tanner

Chris Tanner

Steel Pans

Chris Tanner is Professor of Music and 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.


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