NIU Steel Band to perform

April 24, 2014
NIU Steel Band

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Center for the Arts will present the NIU Steel Band on Wednesday, April 30 in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at 7 p.m.

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 since performed all around the world.

Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. is one of the few institutions that allow students pursuing a degree in music to have the steel pan as their instrument of choice.

Performing in various locations such as Yankee Stadium, two tours of Taiwan and alongside the St. Louis Symphony and Chicago Sinfonietta, the NIU Steel Band has significantly broadened its repertoire. In 2000, the band placed second at the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad.

Tickets for the event are $12 for general admission, $8 for children under 18 and senior citizens 62 and older and $6 for UW-Platteville students with current ID. 

Tickets are available through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Phone orders can be made by calling (608) 342-1298 or toll free at (877) 727-1CFA. Tickets are also available online at

This will be the final performance of the 2013-14 Performing Arts Series. The summer series, Heartland Festival, will begin June 6. For more information on the Heartland Festival, visit

Contact: Michael Breitner, Center for the Arts, (608) 342-2787,
Written by: Lauren Baker, Center for the Arts, (608) 342-2787,
Formatted by: Laurie A. Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191,



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