We welcome the legendary NIU Steelband – directed by steelpan super star Liam Teague – to the big stage of the Norris Cultural Arts Center in celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary.
The NIU Steelband is dedicated to demonstrating the versatility and profundity of the steelpan, the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago.
Created in 1973 by G. Allan O’Connor, the NIU Steelband is the first steelband formed at an American university. NIU is also one of the few institutions in the world at which students may pursue undergraduate and graduate music degrees with the steelpan as the major instrument of choice.
The band has performed throughout the United States and across the globe. Some of the band’s most notable appearances include a performance for 18,000 soccer fans at Yankee Stadium, tours of Taiwan in 1992 and 1998, concerts with symphony orchestras (including the St. Louis Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta), and several performances at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC). In 2000, the NIU Steelband had the distinction of placing 2nd at the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad, and represented the USA at the 2002 Seoul Drum Festival in South Korea.
Seating is unreserved and discounted student tickets are available. Bring the whole family to bask in the sunny sounds of the steelpan on a cold winter evening.