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Bengals Coach to be symphony conductor

FAIRFIELD, Ohio (WKRC) -- For better or worse, sometimes we'll pigeonhole someone, based on their job. Then they do something that just blows all those preconceptions out of the water.

You've seen Bengals assistant head coach and offensive line coach, Paul Alexander, urging and instructing large athletes to do what they do. And we've shown his other side, a pianist, truly a man of many interests.

He's found a way to sort of combine the two. Instead of conducting players, he'll lead the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra. "Bringing greatness together is a wonderful experience, when everyone comes together and plays as one, whether it's football or music."

Alexander has been practicing by conducting the orchestra's maestro, Paul Stanbery. The two met after Alexander attended a concert last year and the they talked about mutual interests, football and music.

Stanbery suggested alexander guest conduct the orchestra. "And here's a man who motivates and pushes around 350 pound linemen for a living and he's sitting across the table from me, and he gets emotional and he says this has been a lifelong dream of mine, to conduct the symphony orchestra, and I said, Let's just do it and i'll coach you on what to do."

So Stanbery has been coaching Alexander for a year on conducting.  He thinks coaching and conducting are a lot a like and Alexander agrees. "And that's why I love professional football and that's why i'm really enjoying conducting this professional orchestra because they're the very best at what they do."

So after running with this idea, does Alexander plan to call the baton play again? "No, never, this is a one time shot."

"I think they'll be pleasantly surprised that this wonderful football coach is also a very talented musical conductor." This is part of the orchestra's annual Mozart Festival.

A kickoff of the festival is Saturday, April 12. The Meters for Mozart 5k run and walk  is at Waterworks Park in Fairfield.

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