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Alexander started playing Bagpipes when he was 8 years old, starting with the Northwest Junior Pipe Band based in Shoreline, WA and playing with them for 4 years before becoming the Pipe Major of the Grade 4 band. In his second year as Pipe major, Northwest Junior won the BCPA Grade 4 Season Aggregate for the first time. In 2011, Alexander's 7th year of playing, he Pipe Majored a combined Grade 3 band called the Northwest White Spot United Pipe Band made up of the Northwest Junior Pipe Band from the Seattle area of Washington State and the White Spot Pipe Band from the Vancouver area of British Columbia. The same year that he was Pipe Major of the United band, he joined Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band. He played with both bands through the entire BC Pipers Association season and at the World Pipe Band Championships, winning 1st in piping in Grade 3 at the Bridge of Allan Highland games and 5th at the Worlds with the United band, and winning the Qualifier and coming 9th overall with Triumph Street. Alexander still helps the Northwest Junior Pipe Band, and instructs a few students, continuing to give back to the community that has made an important impact in his life.


Alexander is very happy to have been part of Triumph Street's journey. His first time playing with the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, was during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when Triumph Street was selected to play for the Curling events. Alexander was one of a select group of youth in the community to be invited to play with them for some of their 57 performances, then played with the band winning the Qualifiers at the World Pipe Band Championships 2 years in a row. Alexander had the pleasure of recording the CD "With Purpose" with the band, and was honored to have a solo at the beginning of a track, and a duet on the album. To wrap up a remarkable year, to be able perform the material on the album at the Pipes for Peace concert with the band as well as sharing the stage with Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band was another memorable moment for Alexander.


Alexander is also a competitive solo player, competing in the Pacific Northwest and recently started competing in Scotland. In 2011, he placed 2nd overall in the BCPA Grand Aggregate standings for the Grade 1 class. Alexander was then invited for the first time to compete at the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational competition and placed third overall. Shortly after, he won the Balmoral Classic in Pittsburgh and the title US Junior Solo Bagpiping Champion, winning both the MSR and the Piobaireachd. A week later, Alexander competed at the George Sherriff Memorial Invitational competition, and placed first in the Piobaireachd and tied for 2nd overall. In 2012, Alexander won the Grade 1 Grand Aggregate for BCPA, and went on to compete at the MacGregor Memorial competition in Scotland. He passed through the first heat of 14 pipers in the top three, and competed in the final with five other pipers. Shortly after, Alexander competed at the Cowal Highland Gathering and won both of his events and the overall in the Open 16&17 class. Alexander returned to the US to compete in the Nicol-Brown, this time winning the MSR and Piobaireachd and fifth in the 6/8 marches, winning the overall event. He later competed in the George Sherriff Invitational again, placing 2nd in the MSR, 5th in the 6/8 marches, and 4th overall. Between the two invitationals, Alexander was the "Invited Amateur" at the BCPA Pro Knock Outs. He made it into the Semi-Final, placing 2nd out of 11 professional pipers. Alexander was the first student ever invited to perform at the Masters of Scottish Arts concert at Benaroya Hall in February 2012 and enjoyed having an appearance on a Nickelodeon game show called "Figure it Out" which aired in July 2012. Alexander was promoted to the Professional piping competition grade in February, 2013 and looks forward to the new challenge.


As well as being a competitive piper, Alexander is a student. He studies music at Shoreline Community College, hoping to be a music producer or audio engineer in the music business.

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