International Recording Artist & Music Educator
Trombonist Alex Iles has enjoyed a varied and successful career in many musical settings. He is 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 has studied trombone privately with Roy Main, Ralph Sauer, Byron Peebles and Per Brevig. Since graduating from UCLA, he has gone on to enjoy his musical life as an in-demand trombonist/low-brass performer.
Among the varied palette of artists with whom Alex has performed and/or recorded are: Joe Cocker, James Horner, Henry Mancini, Alan Jackson, The Tonight Show, Hans Zimmer, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Johnny Mathis, Lalo Shiffrin, Natalie Cole, Danny Elfman, Ray Charles, Trevor Rabin, Harry Connick Jr., Robbie Williams, Terence Blanchard, John Williams, and Prince. He 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 Hairspray.
He has toured as lead and solo jazz trombonist with the Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson big bands [with whom he has recorded twice]. Today, he performs and records as a regular member of many of the top big bands and jazz groups in the L.A. area including Bob Florence’s Limited Edition, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, The Tom Kubis Big Band. He has also recorded and performs with the The Bill Cunliffe Sextet and The David Roitstein Group.
He has also performed on The Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, The People’s Choice Awards and hundreds of television series and motion picture soundtracks including Polar Express, National Treasure, The Incredibles, Troy, Robots, The Last Samurai, Pirates of the Carribean, Planet of the Apes, Spiderman I and II, Alias, Lost, JAG, Animaniacs, Pinky and the Brain, and Seinfeld. Alex has also appeared as trombone soloist on the motion picture soundtracks of The Majestic, Mango Kiss and Rounders as well as the television show, Northern Exposure.
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.
And in October, 2002 Alex was appointed principal trombonist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as alto, tenor and/or bass trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The LA Chamber Orchestra, Opera Pacifica, The Pacific Symphony, The Pasadena Symphony, and the Santa Barbara Symphony. He has also commissioned and/or premiered several new works for solo trombone.
Alex is a trombone and jazz instructor at California Institute of the Arts and California State University, Northridge, and is on the faculty at Azusa Pacific University. He appears frequently as a recitalist, guest soloist, and clinician with schools and organizations throughout the United States, including Indiana University, Oklahoma State University, the Disney Magic Music Days Program and his “alma mater,” the Disney All American College Band.