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CONTENTS Illustrations vii Foreword ix Acknowledgments xi CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 3 CHAPTER 2 AL O’CONNOR’S LIFE BEFORE STEELPAN 11 CHAPTER 3 FROM HUMMINGBIRD TO HUSKY 21 CHAPTER 4 THE O’CONNOR/ALEXIS ERA AND THE NIU/BIRCH CREEK CONNECTION 33 CHAPTER 5 GUEST ARTISTS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS 47 CHAPTER 6 ON THE ROAD—THE NIU STEELBAND TOURS AMERICA 55 CHAPTER 7 PANNING TO THE EAST—THE NIU STEELBAND CAPTURES ASIA 65 CHAPTER 8 THE PAGANINI OF PAN, LIAM TEAGUE, COMES TO NIU 79 CHAPTER 9 RETURN TO TRINIDAD AND THE WORLD STEELBAND MUSIC FESTIVAL 2000 89 CHAPTER 10 STEELPAN DEGREE PROGRAM AND THE NIU/UWI PIPELINE 97 CHAPTER 11 O’CONNOR RETIRES, TEAGUE/ALEXIS ERA BEGINS 103 CHAPTER 12 EPILOGUE—THE NIU STEELBAND INTO THE FUTURE 117 Appendix One 125 Appendix Two 131 Notes 137 Index 149 ...

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