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Alex Gonzalez

Alex Gonzalez

Location:

Brandon, Valrico, Tampa

Instruments:

Percussion, Drum Set, Piano

Background:

Alex is a Tampa native and graduated from Newsome High School. He recently received his Associate’s in Arts from Valencia College in Orlando and is currently working on his Bachelor’s in Music Education at the University of South Florida.

Started Music Career:

Alex began his musical journey at the age of 7 when he started taking violin lessons and played in his school’s orchestra. From there, he switched to trumpet at the age of 10, playing the instrument until his freshman year of high school, when he participated in his high school’s indoor drumline and made percussion his passion. Since then, he’s been hooked on the diversity of instruments and techniques involved with being a percussionist and enjoys learning how to play new percussion instruments to this day!

Education:

Alex graduated from Valencia College in Orlando in the Spring of 2020, studying under Jeremy Katalenic and Barry Smith. He currently studies Music Education at the University of South Florida.

Areas of Focus:

Gospel, Rock, Orchestral Percussion, Music Theory

Favorite Aspect of Teaching:

Alex’s inspiration for teaching is the moment that everything “clicks” for the student and the raw joy that is created in that moment.

Performance:

Alex is veteran to the marching percussion scene, having performed with Infinity Percussion and The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, along with the  Brahma Percussion and Tampa Bay Thunder Drum and Bugle corps. He has also had the opportunity to perform with local concert ensembles including Tampa Bay Symphony, HCC Percussion Ensemble/Steel Band, and  the Valencia College Jazz Band and Symphonic Bands. He currently gigs at various churches and with the bands All Day Tuck and The Real Clash (TRC)