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#GDTBATH: Alex Upton

Alex Upton, a Carolina junior studying music in the College of Arts & Sciences, is connecting with his musical intuition through performance, composition and improvisation.

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Alex Upton was surrounded by music from a young age, so when his middle school band teacher encouraged him to join the jazz band and take up the saxophone, he never looked back.

Now a junior studying music at Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Kenan Music Scholar connects with his musical intuition through performance, composition and improvisation.

“I feel like a majority of my voice — my musical voice, so to speak — is present in my composition as much as it is in my playing,” Upton said. “Music is the outlet through which I express how I see the world. I have so many things I feel like are unique to me that I want to express, and I can always do that through music.”

Upton’s musical skills have been recognized at the national level, including winning the 2022 North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Saxophone Competition in April.

Hear Upton’s music at AlexUptonMusic.com