“We started working with Alex [during the 2018 season] and I was completely blown away by his dedication and professionalism. Alex is extremely communicative and made our program feel valued and involved in the arranging process. He was open to new ideas, an evolving show concept, and was extremely flexible. His arrangement was creative, paced well, and was extremely playable. His arranging style and attention to detail allowed our program to sound mature and sophisticated. Multiple judges at every contest we attended this season commented on the high quality and creative wind arrangement. Alex never missed a deadline, always communicated what he was working on, and was always willing to go the extra mile to ensure our program had the product we envisioned. He is truly a class act and we will definitely be working with him for years to come!”
“To say Alex is an expert music designer and creator is an understatement. As our arranger for the last several years, I am always impressed and excited to teach the books he has written as they are well-constructed and highlight the best parts of my ensemble. He is a consummate professional that communicates and delivers in a timely and consistent manner. During the design process, Alex’s expertise has proven to be invaluable as we navigate ways to accommodate the incoming members while balancing an educational and exciting musical product with innovation and relevance. I would recommend Alex Thode’s music to any director of any skill level — your kids’ sound is worth it!”
“For kids to leave any stage feeling accomplished, many band directors would agree a crucial step begins with tailoring repertoire that suits his or her ensemble. With this in mind, it was Alex Thode’s composition style that helped alleviate many pressures this season. His arrangements are school-minded, creative, innovative, and trended with what appeals to students today. Firsthand, I watched my kids enjoy playing and my staff become creatively uplifted working with Alex Thode. Moreover, Alex left upon us a colorful signature and a unique sound, which gave us the opportunity to leave the field feeling proud after every performance.”
“Immediately, we were impressed with Alex’s musicianship, creativity, and enthusiasm. He is the consummate professional, he responds quickly to communication, meets deadlines, works to create the best product for his clients, and has the experience to provide guidance and suggestions. Our students love playing his music and as a director, I love seeing the growth in their playing. If you are looking for a new composer/arranger, Alex Thode is the way to go — you can’t go wrong.”
"I have worked with Alex Thode for four high school marching band commissions as well as two middle school concert band commissions. I could not have been happier with all of his work. It is fresh, innovative, and unique. He has a passion for giving his clients what they are looking for. He works with every group as if the group was his own. The Cheney High School marching band has been taken to a new level of performance both musically and with visual opportunity with his compositions and arrangements. We do not plan on changing composers, ever, as far as I am concerned!"
"Alex Thode's creativity is off-the-charts. His professionalism and willingness to please makes any band director's job easier, and allows the strengths of a particular ensemble to be highlighted extremely well. His integration of percussion with the wind score creates seamless transitions throughout his shows. I am very proud to have Alex writing for our band."