H.E.A.R. is thrilled to honor Trey Alexander!
Biography (In Trey's own words)
Hello my name is Trey Alexander I am 23 years old and have been playing guitar for 8 years. The first guitar that I ever played was picked up by my father as a decorative piece for our home. My parents were antique dealers. I was fifteen years old and had never before played an instrument. The guitar didn't look like anything special, and to this day, I don't even know the brand name. I didn't have many friends; therefore, I was very close to my parents. I was greatly influenced by their taste in music. For as long as I can remember, I have been a music fan, especially Motown and Classic Rock. And although I have always had a love for music, I never expected this instrument to completely change and inspire my life.
"Voodoo Chile" by Jimi Hendrix was playing on the radio one day. I had heard the song many times before, but this time was different. The old guitar sitting in our living room provoked my curiosity. Never having read a music note, I took my chances, picked it up and began to play. It felt comfortable in my arms. I played all night. It didn't take long before I figured out the melody to the Hendrix song and it didn't take long for my parents to realize that I had a natural ear for music. By the end of the week, my father had found me a guitar teacher.
From that day on, I practiced intensely every single day. I played so much that month that I wore the winding off of the strings of that old acoustic guitar. I entered my first guitar competition only months later and won first place. My motivation was strong and my love for the guitar was even stronger. Soon after that, my father booked my first gig. He was my biggest supporter. He took me to every open mic and jam session that he could find, sometimes four or five a week. Although these times were exhausting for the whole family, we kept up this regiment for years because my father believed in me.
When I was eighteen years old, I had the pleasure of seeing Steve Vai perform live in concert. This was the first time that I had ever heard him play. I was in complete awe. I went home to try to explain this experience to my father. He listened to me play for hours that night. Before going to bed, he hugged me and whispered to me"you will be the best guitar player who has ever lived." Those words stay with me to this day. They were the last words he ever spoke to me because he died of a brain hemorrhage that very night. I realized that I needed to continue living my dream, and in by doing so, I would carry on the legacy of the greatest influence in my life, my father.
I put all of my energy into my band. We practiced seven nights a week for the next couple of years. Together we created our first album in 2000 self-titled The Trey Alexander Band. I went on to establish a more fusion-based progressive band, now known as Sonic Lux. Our music is heavily influenced by Steve Vai, Chic Korea, and Bela Fleck.
I am currently employed by Manor Music Mansion in Millersville, PA as a guitar teacher. I have about sixty students per week. I enjoy teaching because I value being a motivator and sharing my love for music with others on an intimate level. I have also created a website for my students so that they always have a place to come for help outside of the lessons. When I am not with my students, I am working in my studio on my next full-length album, expected to be complete by mid-2006. My dream is to reach the entire world with my devotion and enthusiasm for music.
Possessing all of the qualities generally associated with the modern day guitar hero and demonstrating them with a level of maturity far beyond his years, Trey is a type of musician who is destined to have a significant impact on the guitar community.
Guitarist and Recording Artist
Trey Alexander Band 2000
Sonic Lux 4 song Album 2002
Guitar Instrumental 2005
Guitar Player Magazine Guitar Hearo 2006