Alex Skolnick (born September 29, 1968) is an American musician. He is best known as the lead guitarist and one of the songwriters of the thrash metal band Testament and has played with several other bands, including The Alex Skolnick Trio, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage and the heavy metal supergroup Metal Allegiance. Skolnick began his musical career at the age of 15 when he joined the local Bay Area thrash metal band Legacy, which eventually became Testament, and performed on five albums with them, between The Legacy (1987) and The Ritual (1992). By the time he left Testament in 1992, Skolnick had found considerable fame among the thrash metal and guitar communities; Guitar World magazine named him one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and as one of the "fastest guitarists of all time". Skolnick is joined by Trio member and Mineola native bassist Nathan Peck (Alex Skolnick Trio, Maynard Ferguson, Gideon King & City Blog, Nathan Peck & the Funky Electrical Unit) as well as Matt Zebroski, Lew Soloff, Bonnie Tyler, multi-platinum songwriter Jim Steinman, Grammy nominated cellist Dave Edgar, metal band Ikillya and many more. The trio plays the Alewife Brewing Taproom Friday August 26th with Dj’s Durty Santa and Adrocknroll beginning at 6pm.