Steelbands to perform spring concert April 7

The NIU Steelband, under the direction of Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis, and the All University Steelband, conducted by graduate students Josanne Francis, Barry Mannette, Khion De Las and Khan Cordice, will present their spring 2013 concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

The concert takes place inside the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building.

NIU Steelband

NIU Steelband

Robert “Robbie” Greenidge, legendary steelpan performer/composer and arranger, is the featured guest.

Born in Success Village, Laventille, Trinidad, Greenidge migrated to the United States in 1971. Since then, hee has performed and recorded extensively with artists such as John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson and Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire.

Robert GreenidgeGreenidge also served as the arranger for one of the most decorated and respected steel bands in the world, WITCO Desperadoes. In his role as arranger, he has produced a number of winning arrangements for the Desperadoes at the most prestigious steelband competition in the world, Panorama.

He also is a member of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefer Band and has toured and recorded with the group for many years. He has appeared on numerous movie soundtracks and television shows, and has presented workshops and clinics at many educational institutions.

The NIU Steelband also will feature new percussion faculty member Mike Mixtacki, who will play on Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue.”

The concert promises an eclectic blend of music from across the globe and also will be streamed live. The concert is free and open to the public, and the building is accessible to all.

For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546 or lslater@niu.edu.

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