Antonio Portela is a trombonist with a diverse performance background that began in the United States Marine Corps. He joined the Marine Corps in 2001 and attended the Armed Forces School of Music. After graduating early he was assigned to The Albany Marine Corps Band where he performed as a part of the concert band, jazz ensemble, ceremonial band, brass quintet, and the show band, and performed in many parts of the world including Scotland, Canada, New York, Florida, Texas, and Tennessee.
When Antonio's contract with the Marine Corps ended in 2005 he continued his military service as a member of the 59th Army Band. In addition, he graduated with a double major in music performance and music education at California State University of Sacramento. While in school Antonio played in a variety of ensembles including the Sacramento State Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, Roseville Brass Quintet, the 59th Army Band. He has also performed professionally with the Sacramento Philharmonic and the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra.
In 2011, Antonio moved to Chicago, Illinois to attend DePaul University for a master’s degree in trombone performance. At DePaul he studied with two world-class musicians; Charles Vernon, bass trombonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Mark Fisher, trombonist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Under their tutelage Antonio has earned professional positions with The Peoria Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. Has subbed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performs as a freelance musician with many other groups around the Chicago area.
Through his travels and experiences Antonio has performed for the Queen of England, President Jimmy Carter, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, George Steinbrenner, former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the governors of Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, and Mexico. He has performed with musical artists Terell Stafford, Dave Pietro, Scott Whitfield, Nancy King, Wayne Bergeron, Wycliffe Gordon, Dana Hall, Mark Colby, Phil Woods, Jeff Hamilton, Jane Bunell, and many others.