New Orleans-based trombonist Nick Garrison maintains an active freelance career performing orchestral, jazz, and contemporary music. He is currently the second trombonist with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 2010. As a freelance artist, he has performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. He has shared the stage with such musicians as Rufus Reid, Topsy Chapman, Ellis Marsalis, Sonny Landreth, Marcia Ball, Chubby Carrier, Marc Broussard, Wes Anderson, Tony Dagradi, and trombone legends including Joseph Alessi, Bill Reichenbach, Alex Iles, and Phil Teele.
An internationally touring performer, Nick has played festivals and venues in more than 35 states, as well as throughout England, France, Canada, Haiti, Turkey, Wales, Australia, and New Zealand. As a recording artist, arranger and composer, he has been featured on eight albums released since 2014.
An active educator, he has presented masterclasses at universities around the country, as well as coached and taught privately at high schools, middle schools, and Montessori academies. While on staff at Baton Rouge Music Studios, he was Director of the Advanced Industry Training Program, and Director of Young Band Nation Summer Camps. He has served as the trombone and euphonium judge for auditions into Louisiana All-State Band and Orchestra, as well as multiple All-Parish honor bands and jazz ensembles.
Nick graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree, where he studied with Dr. Jeannie Little and Steven Menard. Other teachers include Sean Reusch, Dr. Brian Shaw, Dr. Joseph Skillen, and Dr. John Bishop.