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Alex Yoder was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his earliest musical endeavors included high school band, a touring rock group, and singing in a church youth choir. Early compositional development came from arranging pieces for the school band and student chamber ensembles, and he started writing arrangements for local marching bands immediately out of high school.
His formal training began with a degree in music education from Ball State University, and later a Master of Music in Composition from the Ithaca College School of Music where he held a graduate assistantship in Theory/Composition. He has studied with Dana Wilson, Jorge Grossman, Les Taylor, and attended masterclasses with David Rakowski and Pulitzer winner Melinda Wagner. His first major premiere occurred at age 19 when the Ball State University Wind Ensemble performed one of his early band compositions.
His music has been performed across the United States, including premieres at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts' Chamber Music Series, the latter seeing the premiere of a fanfare written for the Boston Brass as part of their 25 Fanfares project. His marching band compositions have been played in every major competitive circuit in the United States, as well as a live performance on NBC during the 2010 Macys Thanksgivings Day Parade, and the Indy 500 Parade.
Alex is also interested in web development and web technologies. In 2009 he created Ututti.com, a school music program administration solution.
Currently, Alex lives in Endicott, NY with his wife Lindsey and their golden retriever Dango.