Stephen Alia is thrilled to return to the Horizon Winds staff in the role of Program Consultant. He is a co-founder of the Horizon Performing Arts Association and also serves on the design staff for the Horizon Independent color guard.
Stephen is a professional visual designer for the marching arts. As the owner of Stephen Alia Visual Design, LLC, his active visual design clientele includes high school bands from Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas. He is also the designer for three college bands, including the Rutgers University “Marching Scarlet Knights,” as well as a member of the design and instructional staff for the Medellin Gran Banda from Medellin, Colombia, South America.
Stephen served as the Program Coordinator and Visual Designer for the Legends Drum and Bugle Corps, from Kalamazoo, Michigan from 2011 through 2013. Under his artistic direction, Legends was named a Drum Corps International Open Class Finalist each year and the 2012 DCI Open Class “Most Improved” corps.
Previously, he was a public school band director in central Florida for seventeen years and a member of the music education faculty of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Stephen was the Frostproof Middle-Senior High School Teacher of the Year in 2005 and has been listed in “Who’s Who of American Teachers” twice.
Stephen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Central Florida, where he studied trumpet with Lyman Brodie and John Almeida. He performed as a member of the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps.
Stephen is an active judge for Drum Corps International. He adjudicates marching bands as a member of the Central States Judges Association, indoor guard, percussion, and winds with the Florida Federation Judges Association, and auxiliaries for the Florida Bandmasters’ Association.