Trombone - Alan Kaplan Print


"I have adopted the large shank 5GS as my full-time legit studio mouthpiece. I've really gotten into it and I love it! The small shank one is also perfect for my euphonium!"

Alan Kaplan


In a world where the trombone is mostly considered just a background instrument, Alan Kaplan stands out. Growing up in Los Angeles he began playing at the age of eight. He tried to prepare for a "real" job, majoring in engineering at LA Valley College, but by the age of nineteen he was on the road with Buddy Rich. He was the youngest trombonist ever to play lead with that band. The next few years found him playing with big band legends such as Harry James, Louis Bellson, Don Ellis, and Lionel Hampton. By the late 70's he was being compared to trombone greats like Carl Fontana and Frank Rosolino.
Recent years have found Kaplan settled back in his hometown. His skills honed on the road, he now enjoys his position as one of the top studio trombone players in Los Angeles.
His recording credits vary vastly from Marvin Gaye to Johnny Mathis to Madonna to Placido Domingo to Sarah Vaughan to Oingo Boingo to Whitney Houston to the Hollywood Bowl orchestra and countless more.
Kaplan's TV credits include such shows as Hawaii 5-0, Dynasty, Voyager, Star Trek, Home Front, Buddy Faro and hundreds of others. He has been the featured trombone soloist on more than 1000 cartoons such as Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Tazmania, Pinky and the Brain, 101 Dalmations, Timon and Pumbaa and many others. He is currently working on The Simpsons, Lost, Futurama, Family Guy, King of the Hill, and American Dad. He was a regular member of the staff bands on the Merv Griffin, Joan Rivers, and Star Search Shows.
In 1994 and again in 2000 Kaplan performed and recorded with Barbra Streisand on her concert tour. Alan has been a regular member of the orchestra for the Academy Awards for the last five years and has also worked frequently on the Grammys, The SAG Awards and The Jerry Lewis Telethon.
His movie credits are perhaps most impressive of all, a list of some 800 plus films including "Animal House", "Airplane", "Dances with Wolves", "Out of Africa", "Sleepless in Seattle", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hercules", "Apollo 13", "The Lion King", "Con-Air", "Batman and Robin", "Silverado", "Godzilla", "Zorro", Planet of the Apes, Spiderman 1,2 and 3, Pirates of the Carribean 1,2,&3, Ratatouille and "The Incredibles," to name just a few.
He was recently one of the principals in a Windplayer Magazine article featuring LA's elite studio trombone players. In January of 2002 Alan released his first solo album . It is a beautiful collection of standard ballads arranged for a thirty piece orchestra. It is called Lonely Town and was nominated for a Grammy in 2003. It is available at www.alankaplan.org or at 818-780-7792