Alzonia began formal music training on percussion at the age of 9, in Atlantic City NJ. His Grandmother was from Barbados and loved music, his Mother and Father always had lots of music playing, all kinds of music, and it was the variety of hearing jazz, calypso, classical, R n B, reggae, etc.... at a young age that led to his style of composition as well as his playing style.
He would win music awards all through his high school years, and In his last year of high school he ranked as the #1 percussionist on the national level and toured Europe as principal percussionist with the American youth orchestra.
Alzonia moved to Phila. to attend a five year college program, he would go to school in the day and gig with various bands at night, as leader or sideman playing drums or other percussion.He graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and decided to start a band to perform island music he named the band Steel Source. Alzonia, having a background in so many styles of music began to combine soca, jazz, and R n B and arrived at a very unique approach to playing steel drums.
Through the years Alzonia and the Steel Source Band have continually grown in popularity, and have performed on the main stage at Penn's Landing to kick off the Columbus Day festival in Phila. PA.
Alzonia and The Steel Source Band were on top of the world! Foster Grant, one of the biggest names in eye wear, had Alzonia and Steel Source perform on top of the World Trade Center to help get the word out about eye care, Cindy Crawford introduced the band.
Alzonia and Steel Source were 3rd band ever to perform on top of the World Trade Center.( Sting was the 1st.)
When GQ Magazine introduced their new line of fashion to the American public at Boyd's of Philadelphia, Alzonia and Steel Source were there to provide the music.
Geraldo Rivera requested Alzonia and the Steel Source Band to help celebrate his 1,000 episode of his talk show (Geraldo) on the Spirit of New York.
Governor Christie Whitman of New Jersey, had Alzonia and Steel Source to perform at her 50th birthday party.
Around town you can catch the band at Baja, Katmandu,The Fish Market in Phila. or on the beach at the Hilton in Atlantic City NJ. also look for us at the 1st Union Center, Alzonia and the Steel Source Band are the official Caribbean band for the Sixers basketball team, they perform one hour pre-game, half-time, and post-game in the Red Bell, or the Mezzanine (Mezz madness) during the playoffs they perform in the VIP tent, they also perform at some Flyers,Phantoms,and Wings games.
The band has also been featured on morning news shows: The Morning Show (CBS) and "Good Day Philadelphia "(The Fox network)
Alzonia and the Steel Source Band consist of: Steel drums, keyboards, electric bass, guitar, drums, and vocals., we perform original music and cover songs.
Our new CD drops on March 1ST 2011.