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NIU’s Cliff Alexis is retiring, and he’s going out on a high note. The longtime co-director of the world-renowned NIU Steelband – and master of the art of building steel drums – will be feted during a concert in his honor beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. The...
The NIU Steelband often conjures up fast-paced rhythmic songs that make the audience want to dance. “While what we do is extremely demanding and requires a great deal of discipline, dedication and practice, we also encourage an atmosphere of fun,” said Liam Teague, co-director of the ban with Cliff Alexis. “So it is quite common...
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The NIU Steelband, under the direction of Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis, will presents its spring 2014 concert at 3 p.m. Sunday April 13, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building. The event will commemorate the ensemble’s 40th year of existence and will be a celebration of the past, present and...
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NIU’s Cliff Alexis, steel drum builder and tuner and co-director of the world-renowned NIU Steel Band, is among four prominent percussionists chosen for induction to the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. The induction of the quartet, all important figures who have shaped the percussion world through their innovations, performances and scholarly work, takes place...
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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...
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Liam Teague, NIU’s “Paganini of the Steelpan,” was named today as a winner of a silver Hummingbird Medal from his native Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. An associate professor of steelpan in the School of Music and co-director of the NIU Steelband, Teague is in good company as his homeland confers its highest accolades on...
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The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has nominated “Hammer on Steel,” a two-program documentary created by The University of Akron, for eight Emmy awards for the 2011 broadcast year. NIU’s Cliff Alexis, steel drum builder and tuner and co-director of the world-renowned NIU Steel Band, was nominated for Emmy Awards in two...
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The NIU Steel Band, under the direction of Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis, will present its spring 2012 concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 22, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Music Building. Promising an eclectic blend of music from across the globe, the concert will be streamed live. Joining NIU’s musicians are...
His Excellency Dr. Neil Parsan, ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States, will attend this weekend’s concert of the NIU Steel Band. Parsan, who is a veterinarian, contacted countryman Liam Teague a few months ago to learn more about the NIU School of Music and its international reputation for pushing...
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The NIU Steelband will present its 2011 spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, under the direction of Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis. The concert, which takes place at School of Music’s Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, also will feature the Miami University (Ohio) Steel Band. Under the leadership of founder and director Chris Tanner,...
Members of the NIU Steelband perform in August at the Huskies SEE DeKalb event.
If you’ve had enough of winter and want to get into a tropical mood without he expense of a plane ticket, join the Dixon Sister Cities Association for a benefit performance by the award-winning NIU Steelband. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at the historic Dixon Theatre. The NIU Steelband is...
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The NIU Steelband and All University Steelband present its 2010 fall concert under the direction of Cliff Alexis and Liam Teague at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the NIU Music Building. The concert will feature steelpan artiste Victor Provost, NIU faculty member Greg Barrett on clarinet and Brazilian...