NIU Steel Band Concert a Huge Success
The NIU Steel Band, under the direction of Clifford Alexis and Liam Teague, performed their spring concert on Sunday, April 25. The concert featured guest conductor Ronnie Wooten, director of the NIU Wind Ensemble, and guest violinist Blaise Magniere, first violinist of NIU's Avalon String Quartet.
A special segment of the concert was a tribute to the band's major benefactor, Mr. Lester Trilla, whose generosity in providing much-needed scholarship funds has allowed nearly 20 students, many from Trinidad, to earn their degrees from NIU in music with steel pan as their major instrument.
The band played to a full house in Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, and was simulcast via web streaming all over the world. There is a tremendous review of the concert online at the website "Pan on the Net." This is an extremely popular website in Trinidad, the home of the steel pan, where pan is the national instrument.
While we encourage you to click on the link above to read the entire review, one portion of the review states "The concert was a huge success both in term of musical performances and technological outreach. The feedback on the When Steel Talks (WST) network which also carried the web broadcast live, was extremely positive. Many steelpan music fans and people in the music industry watched the show from all over the world. Indeed, one WST network watcher was so impressed with the NIU steelband performance that she commented that her son now wants to attend NIU."