Alex Blue V is a Thurgood Marshall Fellow in the African/African American Studies Program at Dartmouth College, and a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also holds degrees in Trombone Performance and Jazz Studies, from Texas Tech University and the University of North Texas, respectively. He enjoys a busy schedule as an academic, performer, clinician, arranger, and judge, working with and adjudicating groups across the country, and presenting research around the world. Since aging out as a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard in 2007, Alex has enjoyed many years of teaching in Drum Corps International's World Class and Open Class, having taught a number of groups including Colts, Spirit of Atlanta, and The Cavaliers. He is currently the Program Coordinator for Guardians Drum and Bugle Corps from Houston, TX.