Northern Illinois University Steel Drum Band
Created in 1973 by G. Allan O’Connor, the Northern Illinois University Steel Band was the first active steel band formed in an American university and has performed throughout the United States and around the world. NIU is one of the few institutions in the world at which students may pursue music degrees with the steelpan as their major instrument of choice. Over the years, the NIU Steel Band has broadened its repertoire. Past performances include: Yankee Stadium, two successful tours of Taiwan, and concerts with the St. Louis Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta. The band also placed second in the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad in 2000.