Tenured in 2003.
Principal trombonist Alex Iles enjoys performing in a wide variety of musical settings as an active member of the musically diverse Southern California freelance performing and recording community.
In October, 2002 Alex was appointed principal trombonist of the Long Beach Symphony. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and The LA Chamber Orchestra.
Alex toured for two years as lead and solo jazz trombonist with Maynard Ferguson and then toured for a year with The Woody Herman Orchestra. Today, Alex performs regularly with many of the top big bands and jazz groups in the Los Angeles area, including Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and The Tom Kubis Big 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 “Avatar”, “Toy Story 3”, “Pirates of the Carribean 1,2, and 3”, “The Incredibles”, “Up”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “LOST”, and “Dancing with the Stars”. He has also performed and recorded with Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Joe Cocker, Harry Connick Jr., Josh Grobin, Prince, Fallout Boy and Earth Wind and Fire.
Alex has been a faculty trombone and instructor in trombone, jazz and chamber music 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 schools, universities and music festivals around the world including Indiana University, Texas Christian University and The Hong Kong Trombone Association. He has also appeared twice as soloist/faculty member of the International Trombone Festival.