Alex Adcock started to play the saxophone the summer before he entered seventh grade. He hasn’t stopped since.
Adcock has developed as a strong musician throughout the years, taking private lessons as well as studying music on his own. He was inspired by films such as “The Blues Brothers,” and he originally tried his hand at the clarinet.
As a high school student, Adcock played in every band available at Peninsula High — symphonic, jazz and marching — but even that wasn’t enough. He also joined the Tacoma Community College community band and the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble.
“Music is a stress reliever for me,” he said. “When I’m sad, I play.”
At the peak of his musical career, while he played in five bands, Adcock practiced for nearly 20 hours a week.
Justin Ehli, Peninsula High School’s director of bands, said Adcock’s preparation for school and performances is “refreshingly mature.” It served as a good example for his peers, Ehli said.
“Alex studies the saxophone privately with a local teacher, and he has consistently improved as a musician over the last three years,” Ehli said. “His current level of musicianship is a result of time spent every day, practicing the instrument and honing his craft.”
Adcock has been described as a respectful, kind and caring person. He’s performed at various events and festivals. He’s also taken on leadership roles, including the National Honor Society and as a band council member.
“Alex is clearly a disciplined individual who sets goals to achieve,” Ehli said.
Adcock has kept a full schedule while he’s taken challenges classes. He’s maintained a 3.3 grade-point average, worked, taken up hiking as a hobby and spent time with his friends.
“I’ve been able to balance all the stuff I do,” he said.
Adcock plans to study civil engineering at Montana State University. His goal is to work on transportation projects.
“I like the technical aspects of cars, and I want to help people get places more efficiently,” he said. “I’ve always liked drawing and designing things.”
He’s especially interested in the interaction between people and cars and traffic — he’s even known to regularly stop and observe the stoplights’ patterns and frequencies.
Adcock also plans to audition for marching bands and continue his pursuit for his music passion while he’s in college.
Category: Music, art and drama
Education: Senior, Peninsula High School
Parents: Tamie and Michael Adcock
Activities/achievements: Jazz band, marching band, Tacoma Community College marching band, Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble, I and II ratings in solo and ensemble contests; Peninsula High School symphonic band section leader and band council member; National Honor Society; “Drowsy Chaperone” play orchestra.
Favorite teacher: Justin Ehli, music/band, “because of how happy and excited he is to come to school and teach us the wonderful world of music.”
Best thing about high school: “There isn’t any physical bullying at our school, and also everyone has someone to sit with at lunch. My school makes you feel accepted.”