Originally from New Orleans, Blaize Raiford is currently living in Lafayette, Louisiana where he studies Music Business at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As a student there he has performed with ensembles such as the "Pride of Acadiana" marching band, UL Percussion Ensemble, and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Blaize is an active Percussion Educator in the Lafayette area, currently working with Acadiana High School Marching Band and Acadiana High School Indoor Percussion.
Blaize was an inaugural member of Elite, marching from 2015 - 2017 on snare drum (2015 & 2016 PIA Bronze Medalists). He was also a member of the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps snareline in 2016 (Open Class Finalists).