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Alexander Casimiro, D.M.A.

Education

DMA in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin

MM in Music Performance from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts Amherst

About

Dr. Alexander Casimiro is the Associate Director of Bands and a lecturer at the University of New Haven, where he teaches the Chargers Marching Band, the Brazilian Drum and Dance Ensemble, and courses in World Music. He has performed with the Austin Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, and the Round Rock Symphony. Alex also served as the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Duke University and was the percussion teacher at Creighton University.

At UMass, Alex performed in the Minuteman Marching Band under the direction of George Parks, Thom Hannum, and Colin McNutt. He served as the section leader of the UMass drumline from the spring of his first year through senior year. Alex has also been a member of numerous competitive marching ensembles including the Cadets, the Madison Scouts, the Spartans, the Targets, the Silver Knights, and the Boston University Winter Percussion Ensemble.

Casimiro has taught a variety of marching ensembles including the Jersey Surf Drum and Bugle Corps, Omaha Central High School, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Texas at Austin, and Duke University. Alex is the writer and instructor for the Trash Tones percussion group at Six Flags New England, while also having been an original member of the group. He has taught numerous percussion clinics throughout the United States and Portugal.

Alex has studied with Dr. Thomas Burritt, Dr. Tomm Roland, Ayano Kataoka, Thomas P. Hannum, Tony Edwards, Ken Yoshida, Dana Murray, and Wayne Salzmann II. In drum corps, Alex marched under the direction of Colin Mcnutt, Tom Aungst, Lee Beddis, Chris Dufault, and others. He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Committee and endorses Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Remo Drumheads.

Special Performances

  • Percussive Arts Society International Convention
  • Barack Obama's Inaugural Parade
  • George W. Bush's Inaugural Parade
  • New England Patriots Super Bowl Ring Ceremony
  • Craig Mello's Nobel Prize Banquet
  • A concert with the band KANSAS and the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Menuhin Violin Competition
  • The Rite of Spring with the Joffrey Ballet

In April of 2015, Casimiro performed the world premier of Drum Set Suite by composer Stuart Saunders Smith. In Smith’s introduction to the event, he described the collection as “by far the most difficult drum set solos that I know of, that have been written.”

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