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Chris Lee

Chris Lee hammers out the stylish sounds of summer in Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Santana and Calypso classics on his handcrafted 55-gallon oil drum. With his custom computerized MIDI backing tracks,

Chris is literally an amazing one-man band, sure to please both the young and the young at heart with his versions of Calypso, Reggae, and island favorites.

Dr. Lee received his Bachelors in Music degree from the University of Maryland and Masters in Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina.

He began playing steel drums in 1990 as a graduate student at USC and his love for the instrument has taken him to Trinidad and Tobago (the “birthplace” of steel drums).


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Dr. Christopher D. Lee (BM University of Maryland, MM, and DMA University of South Carolina) is presently the music teacher at Logan Elementary School and founder of the Logan Leopard Steel Band and co-founder of the Logan Elementary West African Drum & Dance Ensemble. He is the principal percussionist with the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, co-founder of the Island Close By Steel Band and co-founder of Borenya West African Drum and Dance. He has performed with the Savannah, Augusta, Charlotte, Charleston, Greenville and Atlanta Symphonies as well as Roger Williams, Roger Pemberton, Dick Goodwin, Bert Ligon, The Moody Blues, Ray Charles, Shirley Jones, the Garfield Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps and the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties. In 2000 he was the Lecturer in Percussion at the University of South Carolina and in 1997 created the USC West African Drumming & Dance Ensemble and USC Brazilian Escola De Samba. He performed his composition Sorsornet at the 2001 Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention and continues to explore the integration of music with dance and visual arts. An active clinician for the Pearl Corporation, Avedis Zildjian Co., Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads and the South Carolina Arts Commission, he conducts summer workshops, clinics/master classes and school residencies throughout the Southeastern United States.

Song List



Bacchanal Lady
Come Back Liza
Everybody Loves A Saturday Night
Everywhere Calypso

The Hammer
Hot, Hot, Hot
Iron Man
Island in the Sun
Jamaican Farewell
J’Ouvert Music
Jump In The Line
Kiss The Girl
Linstead Market
Mary Anne
Pan In A Minor
Under The Sea
Yellow Bird


What A Wonderful World
Here Comes The Bride
The Wedding March from “Midsummer Nights Dream”


Autumn Leaves
Besame Mucho

Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Evil Ways
Girl From Ipanema
Just The Two Of Us
La Bamba
La Samba
Morning Dance
On Broadway
St. Thomas
Song For My Father

Bob Marley

I Shot the Sheriff
One Love
No Woman No Cry
Stir It Up
Three Little Birds

Beach Boys

Surfin’ Safari

Jimmy Buffett

A Pirate Looks At 40
Come Monday
Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
Diamonds As Big As The Ritz
Son Of A Sailor


Ain’t No Sunshine
Brown Eyed Girl
Don’t Know Why
Don’t Worry Be Happy
Gilligan’s Island
I Can See Clearly Now
La Isla Bonita
Red, Red Wine
Tequila Sunrise
Unchain My Heart
Under The Boardwalk



Evil Ways

Jump In The Line





Song List

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