Alec Blazek is proud to return to The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps for his second year as an instructor on the Brass Staff.

A New Mexico native, Blazek joined the Nashville Symphony in the fall of 2016 as its newest 2nd trumpet player. He has performed regularly with the Terre Haute Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, New Mexico Philharmonic, Opera Southwest, and as guest principal of the Santa Fe Symphony. He has also performed on national tours with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, the Blue Knights, and Carolina Crown Drum & Bugle Corps. Blazek has been a member of the National Orchestral Institute, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, and Aspen Music Festival, and has had the opportunity to work with many great artists, including Ray Mase, Kevin Cobb, Mark Inouye, Tom Hooten, and Susan Slaughter. 

Prior to joining the orchestra, Blazek was pursuing his Master’s at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and he holds both Music Education and Music Performance degrees from the University of New Mexico, where he also performed the Arutunian Concerto with the UNM Symphony Orchestra. His primary teachers have been John Marchiando, Michael Ellzey, and John Rommel. When not performing or practicing, he enjoys going on scenic bike rides, reading, playing chess, and exploring the local food scene.