Alex Spanidis Drummer Songwriter was born in Thessaloniki-Greece in 7th June 1976. Thanks to his father’s passion for music and also seeing his older brother playing piano, Alex started playing drums at the age of 12. He played 4 years as a self-taught drummer with some local bands and then he decided to join conservatory in his town, called New Conservatory of Thessaloniki (N.C.T.), taking lessons from Christopher Baka in Drums & classical percussion. In 1996 he finished his studies in the drum set and gave some exams for getting into State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (S.C.T.) for classical percussion only: marimba, timpani, vibes, snare drum, etc. In 2003 he finished his studies with highly-up grades prof. Anastasis Vassiliadis). Also, in 2002 he had started taking lessons in the section of orchestral and Big Band Direction at S.C.T. He finished in 2005(prof. Cleanthes Zarimbas). He’s been in several clinics taking lessons from great drummers such as: Kenwood Dennard, Lenny White, Peter Erskine, Dave Weckl, Jim Chapin, Billy Cobham, Alexander Mashin, Jacubu Griffin, Nikos Kapilidis, Kostas Anastasiadis, and marimba player- Gergely Nagy. Member of State Symphonic Orchestra of Thessaloniki in many concerts (1997-1998). Member of the Percussion team of S.C.T. (2001-2003). Member of jazz orchestra JOHANN SEBASTIAN JAZZ (2001-2002).