Nathan Kay
Roxbury Crossing, MA
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Nathan Kay

Nathan K.

Roxbury Crossing, MA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Hello! My name is Nathan Kay. I'm a young professional trumpet player in Boston and specialize in Jazz and Classical Trumpet. I received my Bachelor's Degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2019, and have been fortunate to teach at music camps and privately as well over the past three years. My teaching is guided by two very important principles:
1: Teaching music is not only teaching music itself, but also teaching an appreciation for it as well. Music should be fun!
2: Every student is different, and everyone learns in a different way. Education should be personalized, and I will help each student achieve their personal individual goals!

About Nathan K.

I'm a professional trumpet player and composer originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but have now recently moved to Boston for a year. My passion is writing/playing music, and I have been fortunate to share music with audiences across the United States. Growing up in a musical family, I was constantly surrounded by music, especially of the church. Music was always a way to express myself and also create meaningful relationships with others. My influences as a trumpet player and composer come from many directions, but mainly include jazz, electronic, singer-songwriter, and improvised music. I have been lucky to have preformed and/or recorded with Artists such as The Saplings, Fernando Huergo Big Band, The New World Jazz Composer’s Octet, Crystal Knives, Danny Ziemann, Dave Rivello Ensemble, and Copper Hill.

I have had the wonderful opportunity to preform around the United States at places such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead for a two week residency for young jazz musicians and composers. I've also played with my own band at festivals such as the Rochester International Jazz Festival. In 2018, I won 1st place in the National Trumpet Competition (Jazz Division) held in Denton, Texas.

I'm currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. I have been fortunate to study trumpet with Jason Palmer, Russ Johnson, and Clay Jenkins. In addition to that, I have also been a student of Gary Versace, Bill Dobbins, Danilo Perez, and more.


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MM Global Jazz Performance
Aug 2019 - Present

Berklee Global Jazz Institute

BM Jazz Trumpet Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2019

Eastman School of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


1st place
Mar 2018

National Trumpet Competition (Jazz)

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