Alan Mark Lightner generates excitement through his energetic, charismatic, and highly skilled approach to playing music. His unique style, vast knowledge and kind-hearted spirit have wooed audiences around the world. During his studies in the music program at the University of California at Berkeley, Lightner also pursued private instruction from masters in his fields of interest. Those fields were Afro-Caribbean music, including the art of steel pans and the vast world of Afro-Cuban rhythms and instruments, Afro-Brazilian percussion, West African music, European classical percussion and the Afro-American art form of Jazz.
Lightner has been a featured guest on The Osgood File, Charles Osgood’s nationally syndicated radio news program, to discuss Lightner’s success with teaching inner city students. He has performed and/or recorded with Will Smith, Mos Def, Ashanti, Roy Ayers, Andy Narell, the Braxton Brothers, Richie Cole and Lenny Williams, to name a few. Alan has appeared in, and contributed to, the soundtracks of numerous films and television shows, most recently, Ally McBeal and The Drew Carey Show.
The Los Angeles-based band, Pan Dulce features Lightner-penned tunes exclusively on their self-titled release. Alan now juggles most of his time between composing, arranging and traveling internationally as a performer and clinician