Christopher John Arpad
Chris Arpad is an American musician of Hungarian ancestry, born and raised in KS, migrated to Los Angeles and is known for his solo steel pan performances.
Christopher "Chris" Arpad was born in Osborne, Kansas on July 27, 1967 the eldest of 4 children born to Elaine Arpad, a registered Nurse, and John Arpad, pipe extruder operator for CertainTeed Corporation. He grew up in McPherson, Kansas and attended schools in the McPherson Unified School District. At home he performed with his younger sisters, together they played their first gig for a family reunion.
Chris was heavily involved with all things music in his home town of McPherson. Chris played in every school band, community bands, marching band, concert band, orchestra, jazz ensembles, including the pit orchestra for musicals. He attended Clark Terry's Jazz camp in Emporia, KS and sought out Jazz wherever he could find it.
He was an early member of the City of McPherson Bagpipe Band along with his youngest sister Lisa,who played the bagpipes while he was the drum sergeant, teaching, performing and competing.
Chris began his professional musician career as the youngest member of Jerry Driskill's country swing band at the age of 14.
Chris studied under Dr. J.C. Combs at Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; and it was here that he was first exposed to steel pans.
Through a prerequisite course as a percussion major he discovered a fascination and love for the steel pan. He study under Ricardo Garcia, Andy and Jeff Narell, Gary Gibson, and the creator of the steel pan Dr. Elliot "Ellie" Mannette, at WSU and Haystack, Oregon Steel Drum Workshop.
Chris came to manage and perform with his own steel pan band "Stainless Steel" from 1986-1991, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he continues to perform and expand his solo steel pan performances, and recording sessions with various projects.