California Institute of the Arts
Azusa Pacific University
Trombonist Alex 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 establish himself as an in-demand trombonist lowbrass performer and recording artist.
Among the varied palette of solo artists and conductors with whom Alex has performed and/or recorded are: Joe Cocker, James Horner, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Alan Jackson, Zubin Mehta, 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, Johnny Mandel, Paul McCartney, and Prince.
He 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 Florenceʼs Limited Edition, Tom Kubis Big Band and he was an original member of Gordon Goodwinʼs 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 "Pirates of the Carribean 1,2, and 3", "The Incredibles", "Avatar", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Transformers", “Argo”, “Wreck It Ralph”, “Star Trek: Into Darkness", “Despicable Me 1 and 2”, “Monsterʼs U”, “Spiderman 1,2, and 3" and Emmy award winning television series such as “LOST” and “Animaniacs” He was the solo trombonist on Michael Giachinnoʼs Oscar winning score for Pixarʼs animated feature film,“Up”.
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.
And in October, 2002 Alex was appointed principal trombonist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. And in 2013, he was appointed 2nd trombonist of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has also performed as alto, tenor and bass trombonist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Pasadena Symphony and The LA Chamber Orchestra.
Alex is currently a faculty trombone and jazz instructor at the California Institute of the Arts and Azusa Pacific University. He has also taught at California State University Long Beach and Northridge. He has appeared as a recitalist, guest soloist, and clinician internationally and at schools and organizations throughout the United States, including Indiana University, University of Alabama, SliderAsia Trombone Fesitval in Hong Kong, Oklahoma State University, The University of Southern California, and the International Trombone Festival. He is also an educational consultant /clinician for the the Disney Performing Arts Workshops and Disney All-American College Band Program.