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Alex Iles

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Alex has enjoyed a varied and successful career in many musical settings. Before settling into an active career as a Los Angeles based session player, soloist, chamber, orchestral, and jazz musician, he toured with the Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman orchestras. He is principal trombonist of the Long Beach Symphony and second trombone with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. He has perfomed on hundreds of motion picture, television and video game soundtracks and has been a member of the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, the Tom Kubis Big Band and Bob Florence's Limited Edition Big Band. He has served on the jazz and low brass faculty at California State University Northridge, Azusa Pacific University and The California Institute of the Arts. Alex is an active artist/clinician, playing.

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Three (quick) Steps to Better Articulation

April 18, 2003
It was the night before my first big concert with a high school state honor band and I was in a panic! How am I going to learn how to play something that was beyond my immediate technical ability? The object of my fear was Fillmore's Rolling Thunder, a very fast circus march with several challenging double tongue passages.