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NIU Steelband spring concert set for April 7

The Northern Illinois University Steelband and the All University Steelband will present a spring concert at 3 p.m. April 7 in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the NIU Music Building.

The concert will feature the legendary steelpan performer/composer and arranger, Robert “Robbie” Greenidge. Born in Success Village, Laventille, Trinidad, Greenidge migrated to the U.S. in 1971 and since that time has performed and recorded extensively with artists such as Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire, Harry Neilson, John Lennon and Ringo Starr of the Beatles, and with RCA.

Greenidge also has served as the arranger for one of the most decorated and respected steelbands in the world, WITCO Desperadoes. In his role as arranger, he has produced a number of winning arrangements for the Desperadoes at the most prestigious steelband competition in the world, Panorama. He is a member of Jimmy Buffet’s Coral Reefers Band and for many years has toured and recorded with the group. Greenidge has appeared on numerous movie sound tracks, television shows, and has presented workshops and clinics at many educational institutions.

NIU Steelband also will feature new percussion faculty member Mike Mixtacki, who will play on Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue.”

The concert promises an eclectic blend of music from across the globe and will be streamed live on the web at www.niu.edu/music. The concert is free and open to the public and the building is accessible to all.

For more information, contact Lynn Slater at 815-753-1546 or lslater@niu.edu.

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