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NIU Steelband to Perform at DeKalb Public Library

April 5th, 2017

The NIU Steelband is back by popular demand from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the DeKalb Public Library.

The opening act will be the Community School of the Arts Steelband, which will play calypso and pop music for the audience. This band is made up of community members who are part of a class to learn how to play the instrument.

Join us for an engaging evening with the world-renowned NIU Steelband, directed by Liam Teague and Clifford Alexis.

Created in 1973 by G. Allan O’Connor, it was the first active steel band formed in an American university and has performed throughout the United States and around the world. NIU is one of the few institutions in the world at which students may pursue music degrees (undergraduate and graduate) with the steelpan as the major instrument of choice.

Over the years, the NIU Steelband has broadened the repertoire and performance for the steelpan. Highlights include a performance for 18,000 soccer fans in Yankee Stadium, two successful tours of Taiwan in 1992 and 1998, concerts with symphony orchestras (including the St. Louis Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta), and several performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. In 2000, the NIU Steelband had the distinction of placing second in the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad and performed several concerts in 2002 at the Seoul Drum Festival in South Korea.

The band, a 35-member group mainly comprised of steelpan and percussion majors, performs regularly at public schools, colleges, conventions and arts series. The band has four recordings to its credit, including the most recent, “Dangerous,” featuring an eclectic blend of styles.

This event is FREE and open to all; no registration is required.