The Mid Week
By KATRINA J.E. MILTON - firstname.lastname@example.org
When Cliff Alexis moved from Trinidad to America in 1965, he came with $5 in his pocket and the dream of playing the steel drum.
He formed a steelband and traveled around the United States, but somehow, he still felt unsatisfied. It was only when he began teaching steelpan that he says he fulfilled his dream and found his true passion and calling in life.
In 1985, Alexis joined the Northern Illinois University music staff. In September 2016, he retired from his role as co-director of the NIU Steelband. Although he has retired, he continues to perform with the band and compose and arrange its music.