Nathaniel Brickens

Trombone Artist

Nathaniel Brickens

Nathaniel Brickens

Professor of Trombone, University of Texas

Instrument Specs

  • Model: T396-A

Nathaniel Brickens, Professor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin, teaches trombone and serves as director of the award winning and internationally acclaimed UT Trombone Choir. Dr. Brickens holds a DMA from The University of Texas at Austin, an MM from the University of Michigan, and a BM from Southern University. In recognition of his teaching, he has received several awards including, most recently, a 2005 Texas Exes Excellence in Teaching Award.

As a free-lance trombonist, Dr. Brickens has performed with the St. Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Opera St. Louis, the Austin Symphony, the Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, and with a wide variety of popular artists. He has toured nationally as trombonist in the Texas Opera Theater Orchestra (the touring arm of the Houston Grand Opera), the Paragon Brass Ensemble, and the Chicago-based Black Music Repertory Ensemble. He has performed on NBC's Today Show and on the stage of many of our nation's finest concert halls. Several concerts have been heard on National Public Radio and Public Radio International broadcasts.

Dr. Brickens is a vocal advocate for the trombone and an active member of the International Trombone Association. He served as ITA President (2002-2004), and presided over meetings in Helsinki, Finland and Ithaca, New York. An artist/clinician for Edwards Instruments, he has performed at festivals in Austria, Brazil, Germany, Finland, Russia, and The Netherlands. His teachers include Donald Knaub, Paul Adams, Glenn P. Smith, and David Waters.

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In Their Own Words

Brian Diehl

"I choose to play Edwards for the even control throughout the horn's entire range. Just as we as musicians are constantly evolving, so too are the Edwards trombone designs. Case in point- my old Edwards valve (which had never given me ANY problems) began showing signs of old age, so I took a look at a new one. I couldn't believe how much more free-blowing and smooth it was!

"When playing in a section of Edwards instruments, blend is immediate and the sound is gorgeous. Much of the work in section playing is removed by the nature of the full, round sounds of the Edwards trombones.

"Additionally, I would recommend playing Edwards trombones for any audition that should come up. The reason is simple- I want to eliminate as many possible hindrances (intonation difficulties, uneven sound) and concentrate on playing each round. The Edwards design leaves you free to promote your music!"

Brian Diehl
Principal Trombonist, Hartford Symphony
Principal Trombonist, Springfield (MA) Symphony
Professor, University of Southern Maine