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Ensemble Recital Series
NIU Steelband
Liam Teague, director
Assisted by: Yuko Asada
All-University Steelband
Joshua Bedeau and Jalen Charles, co-directors
CSA Steelband
Yuko Asada, director
Special Guests:
Ivory Coast, *Robert Chappell
Michael Taylor, Djembe
African Drumming Ensemble
Sunday, November 21, 2021
3 p.m.
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall
NIU Steelband
How Deep is Your Love? Bee Gees
arr. Matthew Kiser
Conscious Chutney Ras Shorty I
arr. Liam Teague
*Robert Chappell, tabla
All University Steelband
Africa Toto
arr. Joshua Bedeau
Heart of Glass Blondie
arr. Joshua Bedeau
Savannah Grass Kes Dieffenthaller
arr. Jalen Charles
CSA Steelband
Buffalo Soldier Bob Marley
arr. Todd Donnelly
Amazing Grace John Newton
arr. Yuko Asada
Calling Meh (abridged) Mark Loquan/Ken “Professor” Philmore
arr. Ken “Professor” Philmore
trans. Yuko Asada
NIU Steelband
Dream Liam Teague
Dedicated to the legacy of Dr. Clifford Alexis
*Premiere performance
-Intermission88 Degrees in The Shade *Robert Chappell
Ivory Coast
*Robert Chappell, keyboard; *Rodrigo Villanueva, drum set
Branches of Snow *Robert Chappell
Ivory Coast *Robert Chappell
Special guests: Michael Taylor, Djembe
Berimbau Sextet no. 1, “Kora”
Gregory Beyer, Artistic Director
Raychel Taylor, Ethan Martin, Elena Ross, Noel Streacker,
Matthew Schneider
African Drumming Ensemble
Emily Heller, Noah Payton, Ethan Patterson, Justin Leggero, Matt Schneider, Mikey Speziale,
Justin Leggero
Holiday Madonna
arr. Jalen Charles
Lili Fujiu, guest vocalist
Joshua Bedeau
Jalen Charles
Matthew Kiser
Rashunda Dorset
Justin Leggero
Ben Heppner
Double Tenors
James Gibson
*Liam Teague
Double Seconds
Aisha Joseph
Luke Moyta
Matthew Schneider
Jason Barrette
Nickolas Basich
Christopher Groth
Daniel Hehir
Jenna Malaise
Timothy McMahon
Jace Pesina
Jordan Raia
Zachary Villegas
Yucheng Qin
Samantha Jones
Jennifer Estrada
Savion Nicholls
Noah Brooks
Roberto De Leon
Ethan Patterson
+Yuko Asada
Melissa Wang
Calvin Chao
+ Staff
Shelia Carey
Chris Carlson
Todd Donnelly
Mary Visser
Double Seconds
Mary Haddad
Barbara Parness
Joseph Pasteris
Michael Wendt
Jan Reynolds
Jay Smith
Katja Wiemer
Tyler Donnelly
Liam Teague
Liam Teague is Professor of Music and Head of Steelpan studies at Northern Illinois University
(NIU), where he also directs the renowned NIU Steelband. Teague is also the recipient of an NIU
Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor Award.
Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan”, his commitment to demonstrating the great musical
possibilities of the steelpan has taken him to throughout the world, and he has received many
awards from his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Humming Bird National
Award (Silver) and the Ansa McAl Caribbean Award for Excellence.
Teague has won a number of notable competitions such as the Trinidad and Tobago National
Steelband Festival Solo Championship and the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteers Association
Young Artist Competition. He has also performed with many diverse ensembles which include:
National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan National Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Saint
Louis Symphony, Panama National Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Vermeer String Quartet,
Avalon String Quartet, Hannaford Street Silver Brass Ensemble, Nexus, Dartmouth Wind
Ensemble, Indiana University Symphonic Band, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching
Band, Nutrien Silver Stars Steel Orchestra, and the BpTT Renegades Steel Orchestra.
Teague has appeared in concert with Grammy-Award winning musicians Paquito D’Rivera,
Dave Samuels, Zakir Hussain and Dame Evelyn Glennie, and has regularly collaborated with
NIU colleagues Robert Chappell(multi-instrumentalist) and Faye Seeman(harp) with whom he
co-founded the steelpan and harp duo Pangelic.
He has also presented and performed at several Percussive Arts Society International
Conventions (PASIC) and educational institutions across the globe. Liam Teague has served as
an adjudicator for many events including the International Pan Ramajay Competition and
Virginia Arts Festival- PANorama Caribbean Music Festival.
Many of his compositions and arrangements are published with MaumauMusic, PanPress,
RamajayMusic, Wendeln Music Works, and he has commissioned outstanding composers to
write for the steelpan, including: Michael Colgrass, Jan Bach, Libby Larsen, Andy Akiho,
Deborah Fisher Teason, Joey Sellers, Ben Wahlund, Erik Ross, Kevin Bobo, David Gordon,
Robert Chappell, Geof Bradfield, Casey Cangelosi, Gustavo Leone, Victor Provost, Etienne
Charles, James Gourlay, and Reggie Thomas.
He is steelband director at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin,
and has also taught and performed at the California State University Summer Arts Camp and at
the Interlochen Academy for the Performing Arts.
Teague is also the author of a steelpan method for beginners published by the Hal Leonard
Corporation, the world’s largest publisher of print music.
Liam Teague has created arrangements for the most celebrated steelband competition in the
world, Panorama, for Nutrien Silver Stars Steel Orchestra, Harvard Harps Steel Orchestra,
Starlift Steel orchestra, and Skiffle Steel Orchestra. He has many recordings to his credit,
including: Hands Like Lightning, For Lack of Better Words, Panoramic: Rhythm Through an
Unobstructed View and Open Window.
Robert Chappell
Percussionist, pianist, composer, educator, Robert Chappell’s career has embraced a tapestry of
musical styles, expression and connection.
Robert Chappell's career has encompassed an inclusive range of musical styles and
genres in performance, education and composition. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, his first musical
experiences were with this father, an accomplished pianist. Robert's formal education includes
degrees in percussion performance from the Ohio State University and the University of North
Texas, where he studied jazz and toured with the renowned One O'Clock Lab Band.
As a performer, Robert has been a member of the Columbus, Ft. Worth, Dallas,
Indianapolis, and Illinois Chamber Symphonies. Chappell was keyboardist/percussionist with
the Paul Winter Consort for five years, touring throughout the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Mexico
and recording two albums. He formed his own world-jazz group Rhythmic Union in 1980 which
toured extensively and released two albums on Inner City Records.
Robert has performed with steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague in the Liam Teague + Robert
Chappell duo, and their six-member world-jazz group, Panoramic. Chappell and Teague
recordings include For Lack of Better Words, Panoramic-Rhythm through the Unobstructed
View and Open Window.
Chappell's interest in world percussion has resulted in studies of Ugandan amadinda
xylophone, West African drumming, and East Indian tabla with Ustad Zakir Hussain and Pandit
Swapan Chaudhuri. In 1990 he received an Indo-American Research Fellowship (Fulbright) to
continue study with the renowned tabla master Ustad Alla Rakha in Mumbai, India.
Active as an educator for 40 years, Chappell has taught at Indiana State University, and
was a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Head of Percussion Studies at Northern Illinois
University from 1983 to 2012. He has also taught at the National Institute of the Arts, in Taipei,
Taiwan, and the Instituto Nacional de Música in San José, Costa Rica. He currently splits his
semesters, teaching in the fall at NIU and in the spring in Costa Rica.
A composer in contemporary, jazz, and cross-cultural idioms, Robert's compositions have
been published by RowLoff, Marimba Productions, Panyard Publications, and Pan Press. He
was the winner of the 2006 Percussive Arts Society composition competition with Open Window
for tenor pan and marimba. His most recent composition, Algorhythm, a concerto for steelpan
and percussion ensemble, was premiered by Liam Teague and the NIU Percussion Ensemble in
April 2019.
Robert is proud to be a Yamaha Performing Artist and endorser of Sabian cymbals,
Evans drum heads and Innovative Percussion mallets and sticks.

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