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Chris Lee
Independent / Columbia, SC - United States


Dr. Christopher D. Lee (BM University of Maryland, MM, and DMA University of South Carolina) is the founder of the Eau Claire High School Shamrocks Steel Band, Logan Elementary School Leopard Steel Band, Borenya West African Drum & Dance Ensemble and co-founder of the Logan Elementary West African Drum & Dance Ensemble. Lee performs lead pan with the Island Close By Steel Band and is principal percussionist of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. 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 and the DCI World Champion Garfield Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. As an educator, he has taught at the University of South Carolina where he created the USC West African Drumming & Dance Ensemble and USC Brazilian Escola De Samba and directed the Palmetto Pans Steel Band. He has also taught at Lander University, Claflin College, U of SC Honors College and was a Rhythm Expert for MTVs MADE Episode 8: Hip Hop Dancer. Lee performed his composition Sorsornet at the 2001 Percussive Arts Societys International Convention and continues to explore the integration of music with dance and visual arts. An active artist/clinician for the Pearl Corporation, Avedis Zildjian Co., Innovative Percussion, Evans Drumheads, Southern, Cultural Council of Richland & Lexington Counties and the South Carolina Arts Commission, he conducts summer workshops, clinics/master classes and school residencies throughout the Southeastern United States