Wendeln Music Works is a pan publication company started in my basement. I have 15+ years of steelband directing under my belt which always involves getting multiple new bands full of beginners off the ground and moving in the right direction. My textbook, Steelband in the Classroom, is a tool that I had always wanted for my own classroom and after a few years of development, it has finally come together into a usable and practical resource for pan educators. I believe any steelband student could benefit from the book, and I think it makes the pan teacher's job a little easier.
As it turns out, I truly enjoy the process of scoring music and with experience as a pan director looking for new music, would love to help get more music to the people. I love that magical excited feeling you get when I receive a new piece of sheet music, right!? I want to spread that joy, which I believe, includes educating new pan teachers where to find good quality sheet music for their bands, and bringing new composers who are doing good work into the published community. In our small pan world, so many talented composers, due to a number of factors, aren't getting all of their music published.
We offer beautifully engraved sheet music that is easy to read, printed on quality materials, and delivered efficiently. Since the engraving is all done in house, we try to offer a quick turnaround time for composers looking be published.
Mike Wendeln has been teaching steelband full-time since 2009. Currently residing in Cincinnati Ohio, Wendeln directs the steelband program at Walnut Hills High School. In addition, he is the founder and director of the Cincy Steel community steelband. Accomplishments include teaching at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida for 8 years where the steelband program grew to be one of the largest and most successful in the state. Throughout college and his professional career, he has had the opportunity to perform alongside many of the great pan players and educators in steel pan today, and has traveled to Trinidad on three occasions to absorb pan culture firsthand. In both 2015 and 2016, Wendeln performed with birdsong Steel Orchestra in the Trinidad National Panorama competition. Away from the classroom, Wendeln currently serves as the chair of the Education Committee of the National Society of Steel Band Educators, and in the past, has co-chaired their National Conference. He has earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Miami University and a Masters degree in Percussion Performance from Eastern Kentucky University and was a member of the Miami University Steel Band under Dr. Chris Tanner and EKU Steel Band under Dr. Jason Koontz.