- BME, University of Kentucky
- MM in trombone performance, University of Southern California
- DMA, University of Southern California
Trombonist Lee Allen is known for his musicianship and versatility. In Southern California, he has performed with major orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Diego Symphony. In his role as acting principal trombone of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Allen has performed with the Santa Monica Symphony, Riverside Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Burbank Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony.
Multitalented in diverse genres, Allen toured as a member of award-winning smooth jazz artist Brian Culbertson’s band in 2008. Most recently, he performed with Adele at the 2013 Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Allen is a founding member of the critically acclaimed MOMUS trombone quartet. Online Trombone Journal lauded the quartet’s album The Lexingport Project as "impressive" and a "splendid debut." Their unique repertoire choice garnered even more praise: "Mixing new pieces with classical, straight styling with contemporary, the Momus Quartet pushes the bounds in a convincing manner." MOMUS has toured the southeastern United States, performing recitals and presenting master classes.
Allen earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in trombone performance at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Kentucky. His primary mentors have included Terry Cravens, Dale Warren, Bill Watrous, and Per Brevig.
A dedicated and sought-after teacher, Allen is a member of the faculty at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. He was recently trombone instructor at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts and maintained a private studio in Los Angeles.
Allen is a Shires Performing Artist.