Alex Jokipii has held the position of Principal Trumpet with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra since 1998. A native of Escanaba, Michigan, Mr. Jokipii's earliest training in music began at the age of twelve when he took his first lessons on the B-flat trumpet his mother had kept from her days in the high school band.
Mr. Jokipii began his advanced musical studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, majoring in trumpet and music education, during which time he studied trumpet with Stephen Jones and Scott Thornburg. As part of his undergraduate curriculum he enrolled at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, where he studied for a year with Timofei Dokschitzer, the celebrated Principal Trumpet of the Bolshoi Theater Orchestra.
After returning from his European study and travel Mr. Jokipii completed his studies at UWM which awarded him a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Upon graduation he matriculated to the Juilliard School of Music at Lincoln Center in New York City where he studied with Chris Gekker and Philip Smith of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Jokipii received a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from the Juilliard School.Shortly thereafter, he was engaged by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra where he held the position of Principal Trumpet from 1996-1998. During that time he also performed with the Spoleto Festival Brass Quintet and the Charleston Brass Quintet and served on the performance faculty of Charleston Southern University as Adjunct Professor of Trumpet. He appeared as a soloist at the 1992 and 1994 International Trumpet Guild Conferences and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra and the Savannah Symphony.