Cliff Alexis

Cliff AlexisCliff Alexis first came to the U.S. in 1964 as a member of the National Steel Band of Trinidad and Tobago.  He has since performed all over the world with his group and as a leader of his own groups. 

For 12 years he served as steel band director for the St. Paul, Minnesota public schools, twice receiving the prestigious Minneapolis/St.Paul “Outstanding Black Musician” award. 

Alexis was commissioned by the Percussive Arts Society to compose and arrange all the music for the massed steel band concert organized for the 1987 International Convention in St. Louis. 

In 1985 he joined the staff of the Northern Illinois University School of Music, where he co-directs the NUI Steel Band with G. Allan O’Connor.  He is in great demand as a builder, tuner, clinician, composer, and arranger.