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Alex gonzalez

front ensemble techniciation

Alex’s interest in percussion began when he first took part in the Newsome High School indoor program in 2007. From there, he switched from mainly being a trumpet player to percussion. He then performed in the front ensemble for Newsome until he graduated. His senior year, he marched with the Independent Open Class group Brahma from USF, placing 7th in finals. After graduating from high school, Alex returned to Brahma for the 2011 season and marched in Tampa Bay Thunder, a DCA Open class group, for its inaugural year in DCA and where he served as section leader for the front ensemble for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In 2013, Alex went on to perform with Infinity Percussion in WGI World class, where the group went on to receive the Fan Favorite award for World class. That summer he marched with The Cadets, that year’s recipients for the Fred Sanford Award for high percussion performance. He also performed again with Infinity Percussion for the 2015 season. 

Outside of the marching activity, Alex has also performed with the HCC Percussion Ensemble, the SPC Percussion Ensemble, and with the Tampa Bay Symphony. He has taught many groups including Durant High School, Robinson High School, H.B. Plant High School, Gaither High School, and Attack Percussion (Independent A), Wiregrass Ranch High School, Springstead High School, and Heat Wave of Florida Drum and Bugle Corps. He is currently the front ensemble arranger for Largo High School and the front ensemble coordinator for Seminole High School.

Alex has received instruction from Jeremy Vest, Sean Phillips, Tamara Persad, Dan Johnson, Doug Moser, Sarah Dill, Jared Allen, Amanda Quinn, Mitchell Beckman, Iain Moyer, Jason Ihnat, Michael Zellers, Jim Ancona, Samantha Cope, Rily Franklin, John Shaw and Patrick Hernly. Alex is a Vic Firth educator and enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with his cats, Bangor and Chloe.