NIU Steel Band to perform spring benefit concert March 1

Online Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — The Northern Illinois University (NIU) Steel Band will provide a tropical reprieve from the area’s collective cabin fever Friday, March 1.

NIU’s renowned NIU Steel Band, under the direction of Liam Teague, will perform “an eclectic blend of music from across the globe” to benefit the literacy and academic enrichment programs of Neighbors’ House across DeKalb County. The concert will be at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 1, at the Evangelical Free Church, on the corner of Bethany and First, in DeKalb, Ill.

Tickets are $15 and can only be purchased through Tickets and seats are limited. All proceeds benefit Neighbors’ House.

Neighbors’ House provides no- and low-cost reading and homework help programs, like Reading & Homework Clubs, Homework Help Nights, Summer Reading Vacations and Summer Art Vacations. Most of these programs take place in income-eligible apartment and housing complexes throughout DeKalb County. Neighbors’ House, a not-for-profit, faith-based, community development organization, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will serve 200 students this year.

The NIU Steel Band program was the first active steel band formed in an American university and has performed throughout the United States and around the world. 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 performed several concerts (including the opening) at the Seoul Drum Festival in South Korea. The NIU Steel Band is a 35-member group and mainly comprises steelpan and percussion majors. The band has three recordings to its credit.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2013

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