Nick Garrison

Low Brass | Trumpet | Piano

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Trombonist Nick Garrison maintains an active freelance career performing orchestral, jazz, and contemporary music. As a freelance artist, Nick developed his career in New Orleans and south Louisiana. He has performed with such orchestras as the Louisiana Philharmonic, the New Orleans Opera Association, the Baton Rouge Symphony, and most recently the Charlotte Symphony and Asheville Symphony in North Carolina.

An internationally touring performer, Nick has played festivals and venues in more than 35 states and eight countries outside the U.S. As a recording artist, arranger and composer, he has been featured on more than twenty albums released since 2014. 

As an educator, Nick runs the Low Brass Studio at UNC Asheville, and currently offers masterclasses to universities and festivals on Freelancing for the Crossover Trombonist. Nick has taught privately at high schools, middle schools, and Montessori academies, and at the Baton Rouge Music Studios. Nick graduated magna cum laude from Louisiana State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Brass Performance.

Lessons with Nick:

Lessons are fun, and music is a joy to play every day! I cater towards how the student wants to grow musically. I enjoy teaching with a variety of approaches based on what each student needs. So if playing by ear is desired with a goal of improvising, that’s where we will focus. And if training for an orchestral audition is the goal, we will create a regimented practice plan to achieve that. I love exploring which music inspires us, and letting that guide our musical aspirations. Whether you’ve never touched an instrument, or you’re picking it back up after 50 years, we’ll have a great time finding out more about music and ourselves in the process! 


“Nick emphasizes great music making in a variety of genres and shares valuable information about the business of freelancing. What an engaging, inspiring, and practical class that is relevant to any music student! We look forward to having him back in the near future!”

— Brian O’Donnell, Instructor of Trombone and Euphonium, Point Loma Nazarene University

Teaches all skill levels, ages 10+

  • Trombone
  • Bass Trombone
  • Euphonium/Baritone
  • Tuba
  • Beginning Trumpet
  • Beginning Piano

Teaching Days:

  • Monday-Friday


  • $40 per 30 minute lesson
  • $60 per 45 minute lesson
  • $80 per 60 minute lesson

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Nick Garrison | Teacher at Asheville Music School