Arranger/Composer/Valve Trombonist Phil Allen is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. His musical studies started with piano at 7 then trumpet at 10. His trumpet teacher (and later, arranging teacher) was Jim Edison, one of the very best lead trumpeters in the Midwest as well as a fine arranger and band leader. After a brief time at Hanover College, Indiana University and Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis; it was here that valve trombone became his primary instrument) majoring in music education, Phil left school and studied piano and theory with Steve Allee, composition and arranging with Alan Foust and Jazz Improvisation with Alan Kiger.In the 70's and 80's Phil played with and wrote for the Von Ohlen/Allee Big Band. This was also a time of free lancing as valve trombonist and pianist throughout central Indiana and leading his own groups. The time with John (Von Ohlen) and Steve (Allee) was better than going to school. It was on-the-job-training, learning from some of the finest musicians around.