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.

In the ensuing years, Kaplan has become 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, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Lady Gaga, 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, Family Guy, American Dad, Orville, Mickey Mouse Shorts,  Agents of Shield, Lucifer, Once Upon a Time, and The Middle.

He was a regular member of the staff bands on the Merv Griffin, Joan Rivers, and Star Search Shows. For the last five years, Alan has been in the orchestra on the Academy Awards. He also has been in the band for the Jerry Lewis Telethon for many years.

In 1994 and again in 2000 Kaplan performed and recorded with Barbra Streisand on her concert tour.

His movie credits are perhaps most impressive of all, a list of some 900 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″, and “Men in Black 2″, “Pirates of the Carribean 1,2, and 3″,”Star Trek XI”,”The Incredibles”,”Up”, “Transformers 1&2″ ,”Mission Impossible 4″,” Star Trek”,” Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, “Inside Out”, “Tomorrowland”, and ” Ted”, “Ted 2″,  “Star Wars Rogue One”, “Spiderman 4″, “The Dark Tower”, “Jurassic World”, “Spiderman Homecoming”, “War for the Planet of the Apes”, “Coco”, “Ready Player One”, and “The Greatest Showman” to name just a few.

Alan was recently featured in articles in The Brass Bulletin and Windplayer Magazine.

In January of 2002 Alan released his first solo album. It is a beautiful collection of standard ballads arranged for a thirty piece orchestra called Lonely Town. In August of 2012 He released a new CD called “Secrets of Hoyt’s Garage”. Earlier this year Alan released three play-along albums for Music Minus One. “Ballads for Trombone with Orchestra”, “Standards for Trombone”, and “Mostly Mozart Arias”.  All are available through this site or at


Alan Kaplan has been an artist/clinician for the Kanstul Instrument Company since 2007 and continues to be in constant demand as a clinician and soloist. He can be reached for bookings at “ ” or at 888-KANSTUL


Kanstul 1602B with Bronze bell and .491/.500 Bore slide with AK leadpipe and an AR Resonance Alan Kaplan mouthpiece

Kanstul 1570-B removable F attachment large tenor with Thayer valve, Brushed Brass finish, and an AR Resonance Alan Kaplan L mouthpiece

Conn 62H Bass Trombone with Kanstul GR BH mouthpiece

Jinbao F Contrabass Trombone with Josef Klier 1A mouthpiece

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Jupiter 788 Bb Tuba with Warburton 30D mouthpiece

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