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, the New Orleans Opera Association, 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, Marc Broussard, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Tony Dagradi, Lena Prima, The Treme Brass Band, Grammy-winning artists Lost Bayou Ramblers and Chubby Carrier, 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 ten albums released since 2014.
As an educator, he currently travels to universities to teach masterclasses on Freelancing for the Crossover Trombonist. Nick has 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.