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Lester Trilla

Lester Trilla, President of Trilla Steel Drum Corporation not only provides the raw materials from which steelpan instruments are created, but also provides the encouragement and financial support which enable NIU, and the NIU steel Band in particular to further its goals. Mr. Trilla stepped forward in 1994 to fund student scholarships for members of the steel band, and in 1996, he established the Steel Band’s first endowment, thus insuring that NIU will continue to attract and retain exceptional students and faculty for the steelpan program. In making this gift, Mr. Trilla honors the life and memory of Mr. Lester Trilla, Sr. as well as the students and faculty at Northern Illinois University who enhance the art of the steelpan.