Beginning his musical career in Puerto Rico playing saxophone with the island’s top salsa bands, Mr. Alexander Lochard has enjoyed an active musical life performing, composing, teaching, and giving back. As a woodwind specialist, Mr. Lochard has played saxophones and flute across genres including salsa, Latin jazz, classical, and popular music in Puerto Rico and the United States. His credits for composing and arranging vary from salsa to R&B, vocal music, and more. Also committed to education, Mr. Lochard has maintained steady work teaching the next generation of musicians using his diverse musical knowledge. In 1997, Lochard founded the nonprofit organization Musica Sin Barreras (Music Without Barriers) in order to bring the gift of music to underserved and remote parts of Puerto Rico. Musica Sin Barreras still operates today, engaging students and professionals to connect with the poor, elderly, and those with special needs through music outreach.
Following the destruction and complications from Hurricane Irma, Mr. Lochard and his family fell behind on their bills. The music store where Mr. Lochard teaches was without power and he lost nearly two months of work due to the storm, as the community was forced to rebuild and recover. Musicians Foundation helped the Lochards stay on their feet by paying for two months of a past-due car payment that prevented reposession.
“Out of desperation my wife searched through the whole internet… she found an amazing organization from New York City called Musicians Foundation. Their response came quickly to our surprise! We were eligible for the Foundation’s economic support … I quickly submitted the [application] that was so easy to fill out. I got their reply … a check was being sent out to us! I will not lie to you, tears dropped from my eyes. I want to spread the word to all musicians out there: Musicians Foundation is there for us all. On behalf of my wife and me, we want to give you at Musicians Foundation our most sincere gratitude. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” -Alexander Lochard