Alex Blue V is 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 a performer, clinician, arranger, and judge, working with and adjudicating groups across the country. 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, having taught a number of groups including Oregon Crusaders, Colts, Spirit of Atlanta, and The Cavaliers. Alex currently resides in Detroit, Michigan, where he is continuously conducting research and working on his dissertation on hip-hop, geography, and representation in the city.