About Liam Teague


Liam Teague is Professor of Music and Head of Steelpan Studies at Northern Illinois University, where he also directs the renowned NIU Steelband.

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 Anthony N. Sabga 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 Artiste 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, Nexus, Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, Indiana University Symphonic Band, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band, and the PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars 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 multi-instrumentalist and NIU colleague, Robert Chappell; he has also presented at several Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC) and educational institutions across the globe.

Many of his compositions and arrangements are published with MaumauMusic, PanPress and RamajayMusic, 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 and David Gordon.

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 has also created a steelpan method for beginners, which is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest publisher of print music.

Liam Teague serves as musical arranger for the PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars Steel Orchestra for Panorama, the most celebrated steelband competition in the world, and has many recordings to his credit, including: Hands Like Lightning, For Lack of Better Words, Panoramic: Rhythm Through an Unobstructed View and Open Window.