ALEX WOLFE PARNES
DRUMS, DJEMBE, PERCUSSION, GUITAR
Something magical happened in the weeks leading up to the Sheila Kirsten Hughes Band's December 5, 2006 Perspectives CD Release Show. Joined by Alex Wolfe Parnes on drums, and a slew of other equally amazing musician friends, their music rose to new heights, and Sheila and Chris haven't wanted to come back down. Since then, Alex has become an adopted member of the band and plays with Sheila and Chris as often as they can get him. Here's Alex's story...
Born in 1963 in Baltimore, MD. I moved to Miami, Florida when I was 5. I grew up in Miami with an amazing blend of cultural diversity in everything from food, friends, language, sports, entertainment, and of course, music.
I started taking drum lessons from Jazz great Sonny Mange when I was 7 but that only lasted a year. I wanted to start kicking it big time on his phat-ass Fibes Chrome drum set BUT he only wanted me to keep playing on the stupid rubber pads practicing paradiddles.
My Sister Barbara owned a guitar and I started screwing around with it and screaming out my favorite songs while banging on the strings (kinda what I do now!). I then bought my first drum set, a 5 piece Slingerland, for $300 with Zildjian Cymbals and all. I started playing with other musicians who were much older and jamming with anyone who wanted to.
I starting writing lyrics and riffs in high school and college while playing in bands. After I graduated from college at UF, I bought my first multitrack recorder and MIDI workstation and starting completing the mixes on my songs.
I've played with many bands and in the clubs in the Tampa Bay area. I currently do solo acoustic gigs while going to graduate school at USF (part time) and working for the D.O.T. in Tampa (full time). I have been married for 15 years and have a son which both provide much inspiration and, as always, whenever I get inspired, I write songs.
Visit Alex on web at www.reverbnation.com/alexwolfeparnes and www.reverbnation.com/floatingghosts.