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Joel Alexander is an active performer and teacher in the Twin Cities where he has performed extensively as a guest percussionist with ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Mill City Summer Opera, and the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre. He has performed with artists such as Doc Severinsen, Ben Folds, and Pink Martini.  He is also a very active teacher in the Twin Cities and is currently the professor of percussion at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul and the percussion instructor at Wayzata High School where he directs the drumline and the percussion ensemble. Joel completed his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota where he studied with Fernando Meza and Peter Kogan, former principal timpanist with the Minnesota Orchestra. While completing his bachelor’s degree at Wheaton College, he studied with Kathy Kastner, Michael Folker, Eric Millstein, and Michael Kozakis.