Alex Iles


Trombonist Alex enjoys a varied and successful career in many musical settings as an active member of the musically diverse Southern California freelance performing and recording community.

Alex began his musical career while a student at UCLA, as a member of the Disneyland All American College Band. He studied trombone privately with Roy Main, Ralph Sauer, Byron Peebles and Per Brevig.

Since graduating from UCLA, he has gone on to establish himself as one of the most in-demand trombonist/low brass performers, recording artists and educators in Southern California.

Among the varied palette of artists with whom Alex has performed and/or recorded are: Joe Cocker, James Horner, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Jackson, Zubin Mehta, Kid Cudi, The Tonight Show, Sir Neville Mariner,Hans Zimmer, Johnny Mathis, Lalo Shiffrin, Natalie Cole, Jeffery Kahane, Danny Elfman, Ray Charles, Trevor Rabin, Harry Connick Jr., Robbie Williams,Henry Mancini, Josh Grobin, John Zorn, Terence Blanchard, Barbra Streisand, John Williams, Fallout Boy, Thomas Ades, Neil Young, Johnny Mandel, Paul McCartney, and Prince.

Alex has toured as lead and solo jazz trombonist with Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson. He has performed and recorded as a regular member of many of the top big bands and jazz groups in the Los Angeles area including Bob Florence’s Limited Edition, Tom Kubis Big Band and he was an original member of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.

He has performed on The Motion Picture Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, The People's Choice Awards and hundreds of television series and motion picture soundtracks including “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Frozen”, “La La Land”, “Minions”, “Rogue One”, “Ted”, ”Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Up”, “The Incredibles", “X-Men”, “Secret Life of Pets”, “Avatar", “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “LOST”, "Transformers", “Godzilla”, “Toy Story” and, "Spiderman” Alex has played in the pit orchestras of numerous Los Angeles productions of Broadway shows including: "The Lion King","Phantom of the Opera", "Chicago", "West Side Story", "The Producers" and "Wicked".

In the summer of 2001, Alex was one of sixteen trombonists from an international field chosen to participate in a 10 day orchestral/solo seminar hosted by New York Philharmonic Principal trombone virtuoso, Joe Alessi.

In October, 2002 Alex was appointed principal trombonist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as alto, tenor and bass trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The The Pasadena Symphony and The LA Chamber Orchestra. In 2014, Alex became a regular member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Alex has been a faculty trombone and jazz instructor at the California Institute of the Arts . Azusa Pacific College and California State University, Northridge. He has appeared as a recitalist, guest soloist, and clinician at the with schools and organizations throughout the United States, including Indiana University, Oklahoma State University, The University of Southern California, Texas Christian University and he has appeared as a soloist and given master classes three times at the International Trombone Festival.

Alex is a graduate of Arcadia High School, class of 1979!

2018Nick Arocho