Ashley Alexander was born in Oklahoma and was a fine young musician in his father’s High School Band. After teaching at Edison High School in Oklahoma, he attended North Texas State University where he ran his own Dixieland group. Alexander went on to become the Jazz Studies Director at the University of Northern Iowa, a nationally recognized jazz program. After many years at Northern Iowa, he became a nationally known clinician and soloist.
His jazz program at Mount San Antonio College grew quickly and featured large jazz festivals and recording opportunities that attracted many students. In both California and nationally, he established himself as an important jazz educator and adjudicator with his pro alumni big band and activities with the Matteson/Phillips Tuba Jazz Consort.