The South Dade Band program is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Alejandro Guardia, Jr. to the position of Director of Bands at South Dade Senior High School. Mr. Guardia is a close friend of the South Dade Band, having worked on the Buccaneer Marching Band’s staff in the 2015 season and performed as a soloist with the Wind Ensemble in May 2016.
Mr. Guardia comes to South Dade after most recently being the Director of Bands at Keys Gate Charter High School in Homestead. He served as the Director of FIU Indoor Winds from 2014-2016, leading his ensemble to the first ever Winds Independent Open Class World Championship at the 2015 WGI Championships in Dayton, OH.
Mr. Guarida is also an active performer (euphonium, trombone, tuba), as well as a composer and arranger. He has performed with several bands and orchestras in South Florida, and is currently principal Euphonium of the Miami Wind Symphony. He started composing music at the age of 15. Since then, his original works have been performed several times throughout the United States and is now gaining some interest in other countries.
Outgoing director Andrew Zweibel praised the decision, saying “I could not be more thrilled to be passing the baton (literally!) of the South Dade Band to my dear friend and colleague, Alejandro Guardia. I have no doubt that his energy, passion, and musicianship will have an incredibly positive impact on the students and program I love so much.”
The band program welcomes Mr. Guardia as he transitions into his new role at South Dade, and looks forward to seeing the program continue to thrive under his leadership.