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Steel pan artist performs with symphony

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:27 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Liam Teague, head of steel pan studies at Northern Illinois University, recently performed as a guest artist with the Sycamore High School Symphony Orchestra. 

“It is very important for me to come here and perform with these music students,” Teague said. “I am passionate about introducing the steel pan to new audiences. The steel pan is the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, and it was a pleasure sharing this instrument with the students and audience members. I truly enjoyed working with these talented young musicians.”

A strong advocate for original steel pan compositions, Teague has commissioned a number of significant composers to write for the instrument. Teague has served as musical arranger of the TCL Group Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra and Starlift Steel Orchestra for Panorama, the most prestigious steelband competition in the world.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn and perform a very different style of music and rhythms than they are used to,” orchestra director Ken Tonaki said.

“The performance went even better than expected. My students in the orchestra let Liam’s energy from the steel pan take over; they became really focused and performed extremely well. 

“I am so thankful to the Sycamore Music Boosters for sponsoring Liam as our guest artist, and for making this opportunity happen,” he said.

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