Music has been a part of Alex’s life for as long as he can remember, playing trumpet in school and guitar in rock bands outside of school, in Bennington, Vermont. After graduating high school, he attended Ithaca College (B.M., Music Education), and soon started working as a contracted musician at amusement parks and aboard cruise ships. He then attended and graduated from UMass-Amherst (M.M., Jazz Composition and Arranging), and served as a graduate T.A., coaching combos, leading the Jazz Laboratory Ensemble, and coordinating the UMass High School Jazz Festival. During his college education, Alex had the privilege to study classical trumpet with Dr. Kim Dunnick and Eric Berlin, improvisation with Steve Brown, and composition with Jeff Holmes. Since his time in school, he has studied improvisation regularly with Hal Crook, and participated in the 2014-15 BMI Jazz Composers Workshop under the coaching of Jim McNeely and Mike Holober.
Upon graduating UMass-Amherst in 2010, Alex moved to the Boston area to begin work as a band director at Galvin Middle School in nearby Canton. Since then, he and Brian Thomas formed the BT/ALC Big Band, playing their original compositions and arrangements, influenced by their shared love of funk, hip hop, and other groove music. They released their first album, Superhero Dance Party, in 2014, and their second album, Keep At It, is slated to be released in the summer of 2016. He also leads his own small groups, the ALC 8tet and the ALC Funktet, and plays trumpet in a diverse array of styles and groups. He is also a commissioned composer and arranger, writing for groups ranging from college jazz ensembles to brass bands at amusement parks.
Alex is currently Professor of Trumpet at Providence College, where he also directs the Funk Ensemble. He is also co-founder and artistic director for Pop-Up Music, an organization aimed at using live music and discussion to engage workplace teams in the creative act of listening: the art of listening to yourself and others, of hearing the meaning behind the music, and of creating cohesion and understanding.