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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Notice is hereby given that the 70th Annual General Meeting of
TECU Credit Union Co-operative Society Limited will be held
at the PETROTRIN Pointe-a-Pierre Club, Pointe-a-Pierre on Friday
12th May 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
• Receive the reports of the Board of Directors, Supervisory
and Credit Committees and the Financial Statements of the
Credit Union for the year ended December 31st, 2016.
• Election of Officers
• Transact any other ordinary business of the Credit Union
Registration Commences at 2:30 p.m.
Shuttle Service from the Marabella office starts at 2:00 p.m.
Members are advised that Dividends will be credited to your Share
Account as is customary and can be withdrawn from May 15th
April 13th 2017
Born from the traditions of steel-
pan in Trinidad, Alexis is a true pro-
As NIU professor Liam Teague
notes, he was quick to pay homage
to the traditions and history of steel-
band while also fostering steelband's
"Alexis has been steadfast in his
advocacy for honouring the con-
tributions of the forefathers of the
steelpan, while also making it a pri-
ority to simultaneously cast a light on
the younger generation of steelpan
musicians.," said Teague.
"He is uncompromising in his
The honorary degree was totally
unexpected and came as a real sur-
prise to Alexis.
He was gobsmacked and in disbe-
lief that he was even being considered
for an honorary doctorate.
For Alexis, it meant that his life-
long dedication to educating the
people around him, especially his
students, about the boundless pos-
sibilities of steelband has been given the
stamp of approval and is recognised as
Alexis noted to former student Jean-
nine Remy: "I even have to wear a cap and
gown!" and in the next breath, mused, "I
could not even imagine this would hap-
pen to someone who grew up behind the
Even prouder of the achievement
than the panman himself are his many
students. Barry Mannette who earned a
masters degree at NIU, teaches at UWI and
in the public schools and runs the Exocub
program at Exodus Steel Orchestra was
quick to point to Alexis's broad influence.
He said: "Cliff's monumental con-
tribution to the spread of the steelpan
throughout the USA and internationally,
his paving the way for several Trinidadians
and Caribbean people to obtain a tertiary
level education, together with his willing-
ness to pass on his knowledge, wisdom
and expertise, has made him undoubtedly,
one of the most significant persons in the
Khion De Las, who also earned a grad-
uate degree under Alexis, said: "Cliff has
a passion that transcends, yet influences,
and grows my passion for the steelpan."
As an educator, Alexis has a knack for
connecting with students from a variety
of backgrounds from around the globe,
including the Caribbean, USA, Europe,
and Asia. His unique ability to combine
traditional methods of teaching steelpan
with contemporary practices resonated
with a broad array of students.
Mia Gormandy notes that Alexis played
a pivotal role in her education.
She said: "When my parents took me
to NIU at just 16, Cliff assured them that
I would be safe and would be given an
academic environment in which to stay
"During my time at NIU, not only did
Cliff keep his promise to my parents, but
he also became a father figure to me and
made adjusting to DeKalb life much easier.
Stories of his childhood and the hard-
ships he had to endure motivated and
inspired my colleagues and I to be the
best we can be."
The April 30 NIU Steelband concert will
take a retrospective look at Alexis's career
and feature several of his classic steelband
compositions and arrangements.
Confusion Reggae is one of Alexis's
most popular arrangements and will be
featured at the concert.
According to Alexis, he was practising
chords on his tenor one day when a stu-
dent asked what it was and he responded,
"It's a bunch of confusion."
From confusion came beauty, the piece
is very popular and has been performed
by steelbands across the United States in-
cluding University of Cincinnati, Western
Illinois University, and New York Univer-
sity as well as secondary school bands and
Sonic Steel in Denmark.
The programme will also feature Alex-
is's original samba Summer Song as well
as his beloved arrangement of the Brazil-
ian wedding song Setembro from Quincy
Jones's album Back on the Block.
Leaving on a high note, Alexis will pro-
vide his latest arrangement for the NIU
Steelband of Rumble in the Jungle sung
by Chuck Gordon and composed by Mark
Loquan & Amrit Samaroo that was fea-
tured by Supernovas for 2017 Panorama.
• Andrew Martin is an ethnomusicologist,
percussionist, pan player, and Professor
of Music at Inver Hills College in St Paul,
Minnesota. Ray Funk is a retired Alaskan
judge and a Fulbright scholar who is pas-
sionately devoted to calypso, pan and mas.
Cliff Alexis, second from right, with his former student Liam Teague,
right, who is now a professor at Northern Illinois University.
Alexis a true progressive in steelpan
Continued from Page B4
The NIU Steelband spring concert
will be webcast live and free, start-
ing at 5 pm Trinidad time and can
be accessed at http://www.niu.edu/
In addition to the concert, festivi-
ties will also include several other
events including an NIU fundraiser,
and a pre-concert talk/lecture start-
ing at 3.30pm Trinidad time by Dr
Andrew Martin who will present a
detailed account of Cliff Alexis's life
ABOUT THE CONCERT
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