Alex Thode would first and foremost like to tell you that not only is the “e” at the end of his last name not silent, but that he has also been involved in the marching arts since 2008. A sought-after arranger for marching bands across the continental United States, his intuitive sense of musical color, emotion, pacing and direction helps derive maximum general effect in his marching band arrangements. He aims to steer clear of literal, verbatim transcriptions of source material for his marching band arrangements, instead injecting his own unique compositional voice and arranging style, while still maintaining accessibility and recognizability for audiences and judges.
Alex’s clientele includes numerous class champions and runners-up, semi-finalists, finalists and grand champions at the local and state level. His clients have also been Bands of America (BOA) Regional Finalists and Class Medalists, as well as regular participants at BOA Grand Nationals. His arrangements have been performed in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the 2020 Tournament of Roses Bandfest.
Along with composing works for marching band, Alex also has been commissioned to write middle school and high school concert band works. He most recently had work of his premiered at the 2019 Western International Band Clinic. Alex is a member of ASCAP.