NIU Again Excels in Annual Steel Pan Panorama
Several faculty, alumni and current students of the steel pan program in the NIU School of Music were participants in this year's Panorama, the annual competition for calypsoes in Trinidad and Tobago, the finals of which was held at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, February 14.
We are pleased to announce that NIU folks provided significant contributions to the competition:
Professor Liam Teague arranged for PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars that won Third Place in the large band category. Panorama is largely considered to be the most prestigious and fiercely contested steelband
competition in the world. The band played Liam’s arrangement of “Edwin’s Legacy” – a composition of Alvin Daniell and Barnett “Preacher” Henry, and was sung by Eunice Peters. The piece paid homage to Silver Stars’ former leader and arranger, the late Edwin Pouchet, who handpicked Liam Teague to be his successor.
Alumnus Seion Gomez arranged for NLCB Buccooneers that won Second Place in the medium band category and Solo Harmonites in the large band category.
Alumnus Barry Mannette arranged for Tokyo in the medium band category and Xpress 21 in the small band category, alumnus Khion De Las arranged for Cordettes in the medium band category and Kalomo Kings in the small band category, while alumna Jeannine Remy arranged for Hatters in the medium band category.
NIU alums Abram Breiling and Mike Schwebke, and current student Todd Jelinek performed with Liam Teague and Silver Stars. Other alums performing included Josanne Francis and Mia Gormandy.
World-renowned pan tuner, builder, performer and arranger and co-director of the NIU Steel Band Clifford Alexis was one of the commentators for Panorama 2015 (large band category) on CTV.
Congratulations to all!