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Published on May 30th, 2014 | by NIU Today

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Teague: ‘We have just begun to scratch the surface’ of steelpan’s potential

Liam Teague, head of steelpan studies and an associate professor in the NIU School of Music, was named the 2014 Laureate in Arts and Letters by the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards For Excellence. Here is the speech Teague gave May 10 at the Trinidad & Tobago’s National Academy of the Performing Arts.

It has been my life’s work to consistently highlight the steelpan’s profundity, versatility and beauty, and I am sincerely grateful to the ANSA McAL Foundation for recognizing my humble efforts. This evening, I’d like to pay homage to a number of people who have played integral roles in my life.

My mother, Pearl Teague, and my late father, Russell Teague. I have often wondered why my parents never tried to dissuade me from following a life in music; which, truth be told, does not always offer the type of security that other disciplines may. I read recently that the late John Lennon, of the Beatles, when asked by his high school teacher what he wanted to be when he grew up, simply responded: Happy. To my mother and late father, I am so appreciative of all the sacrifices that you have made and I thank you for allowing me to follow my passion and be happy.

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