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Steelpan in Education
A History of the Northern Illinois University Steelband
Andrew R. Martin, Ray Funk, and Jeannine Remy
“There are no in-depth historical accounts of any US collegiate steel bands. This is the one that needed to be documented more than any other, and the authors succeed in that endeavor.”
Founded by Al O’Connor in 1973, the steelband program at Northern Illinois University was the first of its kind in the United States. Thanks to the talent and dedication of O'Connor, Cliff Alexis, Liam Teague, Yuko Asada, and a plethora of NIU students and staff members, the program has flourished into one of the most important in the world. Having welcomed a variety of distinguished guest artists and traveled to perform in locales around the US and in Taiwan, Trinidad, and South Korea, the NIU Steelband has achieved international acclaim as a successful and unique university world music program.
November 2017 151 pp., 7x10
Andrew R. Martin is professor of music at Inver Hills College, where he directs the African music ensemble and steelband. Ray Funk has been a coauthor on several projects, including a history of Invaders Steel Orchestra and a box set on the Calypso Craze. He has published articles on Trinidad calypso, steelpan, and Carnival. Jeannine Remy is a senior lecturer of music at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad. She is an active composer, arranger, and adjudicator in cultural music.
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