Alex van Abeelen

About the teacher

Alex van Abeelen is a versatile and popular trombonist in the music industry. Since 2019 he has been the lead- & solo-trombonist of the Orchestra of the Royal Dutch Airforce. Besides that he is active in several bigbands, fusionbands, hornsections and other projects. Whether you want to build a career as a leadtrombonist, jazz-soloist, popsection-player or an orchestral trombonist; with his experience and knowledge about the trombone, sound, technics and improvisation he can offer you whatever you need in the jazz-trombone course of Fontys Academy of Music and Performing Arts.


After 3 years of combining jazz- and classical trombone courses at AMPA and finishing his jazzstudies with Bert Boeren, Ilja Reijngoud and Martijn Sohier at the Conservatory of Amsterdam Alex’s backpack was filled with all stuff needed as a professional trombonist. During his studies he developed a unique style in lead- and section-playing and a sophisticated idea on sound. In his approach studying the trombone is a craft which includes getting to know how to play in as many different styles and ensembles, while creating its own identity as a musician.

In 2019 he started as lead- and solotrombonist of the Orchestra of the Royal Dutch Airforce and he’s a regularly asked player in TV and radio-shows. He also is part of the bigbands Paradox Jazz Orchestra, Red Light Jazz Society and Dutch Jazz Collective, hornsection The Hornaments, funk-fusionband Son Swagga, the Dennis van Aarssen Band and several other projects.

Ambience photo Fontys