After the completion of a national search, the Mead Witter School of Music is pleased to announce the hiring of Alexander Gonzalez as the new assistant director of bands. Gonzalez will conduct the Tuesday Night University Band, assist the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, direct the Men’s Hockey Band, and teach courses in conducting.
He comes to Wisconsin after studying conducting at The Ohio State University as a Doctorate of Musical Arts candidate, where he worked with all concert ensembles and the marching band. Alongside his studies, he was the Director of the Professional School Orchestra and taught conducting at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music.
“We are thrilled to welcome Alexander and his wife Haley to the University of Wisconsin Marching Band family,” Associate Director of Bands Corey Pompey said. “Alexander is a supremely gifted musician and pedagogue whose role is integral to the success of our band program. He is thoughtful, engaging, and direct. Our students will benefit in immeasurable ways from what he has to offer.”
Prior to his studies in Ohio, Gonzalez was a public school educator in Colorado and Florida where he taught an array of courses at the middle and high school levels. While participating in his Master’s degree in Wind Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he was the director of the Middleton Symphony Orchestra’s Wind Octet and worked in education and community outreach with the Madison Symphony Orchestra.
“I am beyond excited to return to a place I consider home,” Gonzalez said. “The bands at UW-Madison were integral in forming the educator I am today and I am equally excited to create a musical environment where present and future students can feel as loved, challenged, and respected as I did.”
Gonzalez holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Florida and is an active member in the National Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Tau Beta Sigma.
“Professor Gonzalez brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his background in teaching music at the public school and college levels,” Director of Bands Scott Teeple said. “He is an extraordinary musician, pedagogue, and individual. Alexander’s contributions to the UW Band program and the Mead Witter School of Music will deepen the musical experiences of our students. We consider ourselves fortunate to have him as a member of our team.”