School of Music’s Cliff Alexis to receive Trinidad and Tobago’s highest honor

School of Music’s Cliff Alexis to receive Trinidad and Tobago’s highest honor

Cliff Alexis, recently retired from the NIU School of Music, has been selected to receive the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s highest honor.

The Hummingbird Medal Of The Order Of The Trinity is “awarded for loyal and devoted service beneficial to the state in any field, or acts of conspicuous gallantry or other outstanding humane action.” Alexis is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and is one of the world’s leading steelpan clinicians, tuners, arrangers and performers.  He was the co-founder of the NIU steelpan studies program and has been an invaluable part of the School of Music for more than 30 years. (more…)