On the Record ... with Todd Donnelly
SYCAMORE – Todd Donnelly of Sycamore fell in love with the sound of steel pan drums the first time he heard them.
“I was lucky enough to go on some cruises to the Caribbean with my parents and I fell in love with steel drums in my early childhood,” said Donnelly, founder of the band Mr. Myers. “I followed the path from there all the way to NIU.”
When Donnelly started at Northern Illinois University in 1978, NIU had the only university steel drum band in the United States. He and some classmates started the band Mr. Myers, named after Myers’s Rum, when he was a junior. He has been playing the steel drums ever since, combining their unique sound with Motown, calypso, reggae and pop music.
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