composer, percussionist and teacher who founded the Hartt
School percussion program in 1947 and directed it until 1991.
with Alfred Friese, Timpani Method: A
Complete Method for Timpani, published in 1954. In 1966, The Friese-Lepak Timpani Method: A Complete Method for Timpani in
Four Parts, was published.
later, Award Music Co. published his “Quintet for Percussion in Three
Movements”. His other
compositions include “All State Mallet Solo No. 1”, “All
State Snare Drum Solo No. 1”, “All State Snare Drum Solo No.
2”, “Billie’s Bounce”, “Classically
Snared”, “Concerto for Mallet and Winds”, “Concerto
for Mallet Instruments”, “Cresendo”,
“Duo for Timpani”, “Easy Does It”, “50
Contemporary Etudes for Timpani”, “50 Master Etudes for
Timpani”, “Music for Timpani, Percussion and Brass”,
“32 Solos for Timpani” and “Three Fantasies”.
Alexander appeared on Frank Sinatra’s boxed set, Trilogy. Six years
later, another Friese-Lepak book, The Complete Timpani Method, was
published. Stephen Gryc’s “Music for Tuba and
Percussion”, published in 1999, is dedicated
For almost six
decades, he has been Principle Timpanist with the Hartford Symphony
Orchestra. In 1997, he was
elected to the Percussion Arts Society Hall of Fame, and a scholarship at
the Hartt School bears his name.