Q&A with Alex
Which musician would you like to play with?
I'd like to play trumpet for a lot of pop artists like The Weeknd or Justin Bieber.
Which musician has influenced you the most?
Wynton Marsalis has been my biggest influence.
What can you teach me better on your instrument than any other teacher?
I can teach you how to make your instrument an extension of yourself.
How did you learn to play your instrument?
I learned how to play piano watching videos online and I learned how to play the trumpet through music lessons.
What equipment do you play on today?
I play a Bach Stradivarious Bb-flat trumpet, a Yamaha Xeno C trumpet, and a Yamaha Keyboard.
Which personal trait helped you the most while practicing?
Honesty and curiosity
What does your instrument have that others don't?
The trumpet is extremely versatile. It can take on many different styles and characters from sweet and delicate to frightening and suspenseful.
How do you handle children?
I work well with children of all ages.
What has been your greatest experience as a musician so far?
My greatest experience as a musician has been performing alongside the LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
What was the biggest stage you played on?
I've played at Copley Hall, Spreckel's Organ Pavilion, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. I've also performed for 25,000 people at the Drum Corps International world championship finals.
Which record would you take with you to the desert island?
Journey's Greatest Hits
Besides music, what else is important in your life?
I love stand-up comedy and telling jokes.
Classical, Pop, Jazz, Rock
Level(s) Comfortable Teaching
Piano: Beginner, intermediate Trumpet: All Levels
What languages can you teach in?
What's your age?
Bands, Projects, Notable Performances, Collaborations
I produced a rap album with Atom Bomb and played on several tracks.
Other Music-related work / goals
A goal of mine is to collaborate more with other musicians. I'd like to record trumpet and vocals with various pop artists.