Al Veeh

Tenured in 1982.

Alvin Veeh began studying the trombone with Clifton Plog at the age of 10, and he became a student of Byron Peebles at age 14. During his years in junior high and high school, Al won numerous competitions and was involved in many local honor bands and orchestras. He also spent several summers at Interlochen and ISOMATA. After graduating from high school, Alvin attended the University of Southern California and studied with Robert Marsteller, Lewis Van Haney, Jeffrey Reynolds and Terry Cravens. He graduated from USC in 1979 and received the Robert Marsteller Award for Outstanding Brass Player.

Alvin is a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony and the Los Angeles Master Chorale Orchestra. He also performs regularly with the Pacific, Pasadena and Santa Barbara Symphonies, as well as with the Pasadena Pops and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Alvin has served on the faculty at Cal State Fullerton and Cal Arts. You can hear Al on solo recordings Variations on “St. Bone” and Partita on “Hammering” by William Schmidt. He is also active in the film and recording industry working with many of the top composers in Los Angeles.

Alex Iles

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.

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