Alex Band

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Birth Name: Alexander Max Band

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 8, 1981

Ethnicity: Ashkenazi Jewish, English, German

Alex Band is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He is the singer for the band The Calling. He is also known for his song “Why Don’t You & I,” with Santana. He has also been credited as Alex Max Band.

Alex is the son of Meda and film director, writer, and producer Charles Band (Charles Robert Band), of Full Moon Features, and grandson of director and producer Albert Band. His uncle is film music composer Richard Band. His family owns a castle in Giove, Italy.

Alex is married to Shayna Weber, with whom he has a son.

Alex’s paternal grandfather was Albert A. Band (the son of Max Band and Berta/Bertha Finkelstein). Albert was born in Paris, France, to a Jewish family. Max was born in Wladislawow/Naumiestis, Lithuania, the son of Abraham K. Band and Anna Tumpowsky. Berta was born in Marijampolė, Lithuania, the daughter of Chaim Finklestein. Albert was also credited under the stage names Artemio Antonini and Alfredo Antonini.

Alex’s paternal grandmother was named Jacquelyn Lois Richardson (the daughter of Maurice V. Richardson and Laura L.). Jacquelyn was born in Oklahoma. Maurice was born in Illinois, the son of Louis Ivy Richardson and Catherine Doering, whose own parents were German. Laura was born in Kansas, to Kansas-born parents. Laura’s maiden name is listed as Zaffino on a marriage record transcription, but this appears to be a typo. Jacquelyn was buried in a Jewish cemetery, so it is likely that she converted to Judaism.

Alex’s maternal grandfather’s surname was Robertson.

Sources: Genealogy of Alex Band (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Alex’s paternal grandparents, Albert A. Band and Jacquelyn Lois Richardson –

Alex’s paternal grandmother, Jacquelyn Lois Richardson, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Alex’s paternal grandmother, Jacquelyn Lois (Richardson) Band –

2 Responses

  1. jackson9 says:

    I think Alex’s Jewish ancestry only comes from his paternal grandfather. His grandmother must have converted. As noted in the text Jacquelyn Lois Richardson (1926) Oklahoma was the daughter of Maurice V. Richardson and Laura L. Richardson. Maurice was the son of Louis Ivy Richardson (1869) (Illinois) and Catherine Doering (1875) (Michigan). Catherine was the daughter of German parents Michael Doering and Anna Elisabeth Schneider.

  2. andrew says:,3238.0/wap2.html

    His grandpa was also credited as “Alfredo Antonini” but he was Jewish, my mistake.

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