Merit School of Music

Alexander Beltran

Ensemble Director: Jazz Ensembles & Combos; Faculty: Jazz


Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Alex Beltran has been called “a saxophonist of impeccable musicianship” by Chicago Jazz Magazine. Alex first started playing the clarinet at the age of nine. He then took up the saxophone at the beginning of high school and started to study the instrument and jazz in earnest. He attended both Indiana University and DePaul University studying with David Baker, Jim Snidero, Mark Colby and many others.

After his schooling, Alex made Chicago his home and has quickly made himself an active member of the music scene in the city and around the region. His group, Merge has released 2 albums of original modern jazz and has received praise from musicians and critics alike.

Alex has performed in both large and small venues across the country, under his own name and with people such as Jeff Hamilton, Phil Woods, Tim Ries, Ira Sullivan, Luis Bonilla, John Fedchok, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, the Chicago Yestet, and many others. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Alex is proud to be a Vandoren Performing Artist and maintains an active teaching schedule, helping a younger generation discover the beauty of music.