Kristian Paradis, Adjunct Instructor, Steel Band
Adjunct Instructor, Steel Band
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Philadelphia-based Kristian Paradis is an instructor in steel
band with the Department of Music and an active performer and teacher of
Caribbean steel drums. After completing his undergraduate studies in
music and computer science at the University of Delaware, he was
accepted into the U.S. Navy Music Program. Upon completion of his
military music training at the Armed Forces School of Music, Mr. Paradis
became a member of the U.S. 7th Fleet Band in Japan. He served as the
drummer for the Far East Edition show band, drummer and steel-pan
soloist in the Navy Jazz Combo and principal percussionist in the Navy
concert and ceremonial bands. With these groups he served as a musical
ambassador for the Navy and the United States, performing in Russia,
China, India, Australia, South Korea and many other countries in East
Asia and the Pacific islands.
When not in uniform, Mr. Paradis
performed as a lead pan player for the Tokyo Panorama Steel Orchestra.
After serving his enlistment, he returned to the United States and to
UD, where he earned his Master of Music, with an emphasis on steelpan
music. He currently directs steel drum bands at UD, Springside Academy
in Chestnut Hill, Pa., and the Northern Home for Children and he
performs steelpan music at events all along the East Coast.
Paradis is currently writing a book on strumming patterns for double
second and double guitar pans in small ensemble settings. He is a member
of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
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