JEREMY KUNKEL (he/him)
Founder, Pan Outreach Program, Pan-handlers Band, & Tin Cups Band
Jeremy has over 30 years of percussion experience and is the founder of the Pan Outreach program and Pan-handlers Steel Drum Band. In his role as Pan Coordinator, he directs the Pan Outreach program and provides oversight and strategic direction for Chops' two steel drum bands, the Pan-handlers and the Tin Cups.
Jeremy developed a passion for steel pan while completing the Bachelor of Music Education Degree program at The University of Memphis on full scholarship, and is thrilled to be leading a program that combines music education and pan. He has a long history of involvement with many renowned performance ensembles including The Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Tony and Emmy award-winning Broadway production, Blast!. As an active educator, arranger, and clinician, Jeremy has numerous championships and professional accolades to his credit. He is most proud of the many students he’s taught that have gone on to pursue successful music careers of their own.
Jeremy is a native of Minnesota, and currently resides in Northfield with his wife and 2 children.