Alexander “Xan” Perkins is a low brass musician and educator in the greater Kansas City MO/KS metro area. Xan currently teaches at Missouri Southern State University as Adjunct Instructor of Low Brass. In addition to teaching applied lessons, he teaches music appreciation classes and coaches undergraduate chamber groups.
In the spring of 2019, Xan recieved his Masters of Music degree in Tuba Performance at the University of Northern Colorado where he was the principal tubist in the UNC Symphony Orchestra as well as the Tuba Solo artist of the Bierstadt Brass Quintet; the premier Graduate Brass Quintet of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. In 2016, Xan received his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. As a tubist, trombonist, pianist and vocalist, Xan is an active member in the musical community where he regularly teaches and performs.
Xan has been apart of many ensembles from small chamber groups to mass wind ensembles and orchestras, playing all varieties of musical genres including; pop, rock, jazz, folk, electronic, and classical. Through these many ensembles Xan has performed alongside many talented artists and ensembles such as; the internationally-known brass quintet, the Boston Brass, saxophone soloist Anna Marie Wytko, tubist Tim Buzbee, jazz-tubist Howard Johnson, Greeley Chorale Orchestra and many others. Xan’s teachers and mentors include Dr. Steven Maxwell, Dr. Jason Byrnes, Dr. Paul Hunt, and the late Sam Pilafian.
In the winter of 2015 Xan was apart of the Wabash City Brass Quintet, winning the State of Kansas’s MTNA Chamber Music Competition, and receiving runner-up at the Midwest Regional Competition. Between the years of 2011-2016, Xan was a member of the 2015 Sudler Trophy-winning marching band Kansas State University Marching Band (KSUMB), in which Xan held many leadership positions including Music Section Leader and Head Section/Music Leader for the thirty-two-member Sousaphone section and was apart of the KSUMB Student Staff for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.