NIU Steelband to perform after hours at DeKalb Library

The NIU Steelband is back by popular demand at the DeKalb Public Library.

The community is invited to the library at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, for an engaging evening with the world-renowned band directed by Liam Teague and Clifford Alexis.

Created in 1973 by G. Allan O'Connor, the group was the first active steel band formed in an American university and has performed throughout the United States and around the world. Northern Illinois University is one of the few institutions in the world at which students can 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 performances at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC). In 2000, the NIU Steelband had the distinction of placing second in the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad, and in 2002, the group performed several concerts (including the opening) at the Seoul Drum Festival in South Korea.

NIU Steelband is a 35-member group and mainly comprises steelpan and percussion majors. The band performs regularly at public schools, colleges and universities, as well as conventions and arts series. The band has four recordings to its credit; including the most recent, "Dangerous," featuring an eclectic blend of styles.

The concert is free. It is sponsored in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

The library is located at 309 Oak St.

For more information, contact Samantha at or 815-756-9568, ext. 1701.

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