Alexander “Xan” Perkins is a musician and educator in the greater Denver, CO area. Currently, Xan is pursuing a Masters of Music degree in Tuba Performance at the University of Northern Colorado where he is 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. Xan received his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS in 2016. As a tubist, trombonist 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 but not limited to; pop, rock, jazz, folk, electronic, and classical. Through these many ensembles Xan has been fortunate to perform 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 and many others.
In the winter of 2015, Xan was apart of a brass quintet, Wabash City Brass, that won 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 also had the opportunity to be involved with the 2015 Sudler Trophy-Winning marching band, the 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 for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, was a member of the KSUMB Staff.