Alex Bocchino is the director of percussion at Caldwell University. At Caldwell he directs the percussion ensemble, and teaches lessons and percussion methods. Mr. Bocchino has presented clinics and master classes throughout New Jersey including the NJEA convention in Atlantic City and NJMEA convention in East Brunswick. Mr. Bocchino also teaches instrumental music in the Summit Public School District.
As a percussionist, Bocchino has performed at many prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, NJPAC, as well as at Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton Universities. As a member of the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble he has toured the United States and Europe, recorded for KOCH International Classics, Naxos, Composers Guild of NJ, and Capstone Records, and has performed in the premiers of numerous works for percussion while working with such eminent composers as George Crumb, Charles Wuorinen, Wayne Peterson, and Steve Reich.
Mr. Bocchino received a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and a master’s in Music Education from William Paterson University where he studied under the tutelage of percussion pioneer, Raymond DesRoches. Bocchino has also pursued post-graduate study at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Mr. Bocchino was named Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1991, and was honored with the 2003 Service Award from the Morris-Union Jointure Music Festival in recognition of his participation and commitment to the organization. He is president of the New Jersey Percussion Educators Association and member of the New Jersey Music Educators Association, and American Federation of Musicians.