Alexander Kappes, age 17, is a senior attending Katy High School. Alexander has been playing the bassoon since he was in the 6th grade and studies with Elise Wagner of the Houston Symphony and the University of Houston Moores School of Music. At Katy High School, Alexander is a member of the KHS Wind Ensemble with Terance Gorton director, and the KHS Symphony Orchestra with Dale Fremin director. Alexander has attended the Bocal Majority double reed camps and ADRIT workshops, as well as the American Festival of the Arts orchestra and chamber music camp. He is a member of the Houston Youth Symphony Philharmonia Orchestra with Michael Isadore director. Alexander has been a member of the TMEA Region 23 freshman All-Region band and symphonic band, as well as the Region 23 Philharmonic orchestra. He has also been a two-time TMEA Area qualifier. Alexander enjoys spending time with friends and family with his hobbies such as cooking, drawing/painting and going to the movies.