Alex Smith

Alex Smith is a DMA student and teaching assistant in Percussion Performance at Michigan State University where he also received his MA in Ethnomusicology and MM in Percussion Performance (2015). Alex received his BM in Percussion Performance from East Carolina University studying with Dr. Jon Wacker and Mr. Chris Nappi (2010). At MSU, Alex studies percussion with Professor Gwen Dease and Dr. Jon Weber and performs with the MSU Wind Symphony, the MSU Percussion Ensemble, Musique 21, and the MSU Salsa Band; he is also a graduate assistant for the MSU Drumline. He has studied composition with Dr. Ricardo Lorenz. In the area of ethnomusicology, Alex is a student of Dr. Michael Largey with research interests involving resource consumption and sustainability in the production of percussion instruments. His research has brought him to Brazil and Ghana.