Paul Vogler – Founder, Musician, World Music Educator

Paul Vogler - Bio

About Paul

Also known as Atlanta’s Jazz Pan Man, Paul began in 1967 as drummer in rock & roll garage band. In the mid 1970′s Paul backed up magician Steven Calder and played parties and coffee houses in Washington, DC. In 1977 Paul came home to Atlanta joining Possum Trot, an eclectic/electric bluegrass band. Possum Trot played Burt Reynolds Club and cast parties for both Kristy McNichol and Jody Foster. They also played the sets of Don Knox & Tim Conway’s 1979 movie: The Prize Fighter and and at the famed Alex Cooley’s: Electric Ballroom. Possum Trot were regulars on River Street in Savannah, GA. Possum Trot opened for and appeared with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Elvin Bishop and others.

Paul has appeared on the bill with Ziggy Marley, Thelonius Monk Jr., Dr. Billy Taylor, The New York Voices & others. His venues include:the Fox Theater, Georgia’s 40 Watt Club, Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival / Nightfall Series & Atlanta and Tennessee Aquariums.

As a public educator at public and private schools (Baylor and McCallie schools of Chattanooga) and universitiesincluding UTC and Georgia Perimeter College. Paul lectured World Music, Percussion, Jazz Studies and Electronic Music and directed Jazz Band and Orchestra.

Paul’s company, Atlanta Event Music, has provided educational programming since 1995, receiving the 1997 Dorothy Mullen National Arts Award for “The Bessie Bus”, a mobile jazz and blues program. Atlanta Event Music also provided audio/video production/editing and inter-active exhibits including working with the National Afro-American Museum on the traveling exhibit “When the Spirit Moves” appearing at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Currently, Paul maintains an active performance schedule with Atlanta Steel Pan and Island Music, the Atlanta Jazz Trio, and 2nd Line Atlanta while continuing to teach private lessons.

Steel-Pan-Performer - Paul Vogler


  • Kennesaw State University, Bachelors, Music
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Masters, World Music
  • Phi  Mu Alpha Symphonia Percussive Arts Society


  • Steel Drum
  • Marimba
  • Percussion