Biography

Trombonist Alex Iles 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 has established himself as a very in-demand trombonist/low brass performer, recording artist and educator.

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 Marriner, Hans Zimmer, Johnny Mathis, Lalo Shifrin, Natalie Cole, Meghan Trainor, Jeffrey Kahane, Danny Elfman, Ray Charles, Trevor Rabin, Harry Connick, Jr., 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, Rogue One, Frozen, La La Land, Up, The Incredibles, X-Men, Secret Life of Pets, Avatar, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., LOST, and Transformers.

“Iles’s performance was magical…his added character seeming to enhance all the way through. His encore of a stirring rendition of “Danny Boy” had everyone leaving for intermission with a smile. In short, Iles’s performance was charming, even endearing.”
— Long Beach Signal Tribune

In October, 2002 Alex was appointed principal trombonist of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony and the L.A. 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 University 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 numerous times as a soloist and given masterclasses at the International Trombone Festival.

Los Angeles Philharmonic trombone section

Hawaii Five-O session at Warner Bros.

Live internet performance with Paul McCartney at Capitol Records

Alex is a Schilke / Greenhoe performing artist.

MOVIE / TELEVISION RECORDINGS

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Alias
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
All About Steve
Amazing Spiderman 1 and 2
American Dad
Anchorman
Animaniacs
Avatar
Batman v. Superman
Battlestar Gallactica
The BFG
Big Hero Six
Captain Philips
Cars
Chicago
Chronicles of Narnia
Coco
Concussion
The Conjuring 1 and 2
The Craft
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Daredevil
Dawn of Planet of the Apes
Day the Earth Stood Still [2008]
Deadpool
Deep Sea 3D
Despicable Me 1 and 2
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 1 and 2
The Dictator
Dinner for Schmucks
Disturbia
Dreamgirls
Emperor’s New Groove
Fantasia 2000
Fantastic Four
Fast and Furious
Final Destination 3
The Finest Hours
Free Willy
Frozen
Futurama
Ghostbusters [2016]
Godzilla [1998 and 2014]
Gone Girl
Gypsy
Hangover part 3
Hansel and Gretl, Witch Hunters
Hawaii Five-O [2010-2016]
Ice Age
The Incredibles
Independence Day: Resurgence
Inside Out
The Interview
The Jungle Book [2014]
Jurassic World
King Kong [2005]
La La Land
LOST
Marley and Me
Maze Runner
Men in Black
Miami Vice [2006]
Minions
Mission: Impossible
Monsters Inc.
Muppets Most Wanted
National Treasure
The Negotiator
Newsies
Night at the Museum
Northern Exposure
Once Upon a Time
The Pacific [HBO mini-series]
Paul Blart: Mall Cop
The Peanuts Movie
Percy Jackson: Lightening Thief
Pinky and the Brain
Pirates of the Caribbean
Pixels
Planet of the Apes [2001]
Polar Express
Rango
Ratatouille
Rocky Balboa
Rogue One
Rounders
Secret Life of Pets
Seinfeld
Sex and the City: The Movie
Simpsons Movie
The Smurfs
Spiderman 1,2,3
Star Trek [2009]
Star Trek: Beyond
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens
Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi
Superman Returns
Taladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Tangled
Tank Girl
Team America
Ted
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Transformers
Troy
Up
War Horse
Wolverine
Wreck-It Ralph
X-Files [2008 movie]
X-Men
Zootopia
10 Cloverfield Lane
300: Rise of an Empire

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