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Nick Finzer is a 2012 graduate of the Juilliard Jazz Masters program in New York City and earned a Bachelors of Jazz and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

Nick served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Jazz Trombone at Florida State University from 2014 - 2016.

He is the author of GET AHEAD! A Practical Guide for the Developing Jazz Trombonist and tours the country visiting K-12 schools, Universities, and music stores, sharing his passion for the music!

Nick is currently available for clinics, masterclasses, in person lessons, and guest artist appearances. Nick also offers lessons via Skype [purchase Skype lessons]





My approach

I like to emphasize an interactive and energized approach to working with students. Working with musicians of any level involves more than just presenting the information. I strive to make a personal connection with participants by sharing my experiences in an honest and candid way. Jazz is about sharing. Information is passed down musician to musician, with each person’s unique approach folded into the common elements we utilize. I strongly believe that we are a sum of all of the musicians whose knowledge we’ve sought out during the course of our study. There is no exclusivity in jazz, everyone is encouraged to participate and experience the joy of playing and studying music!      - Nick

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Some previous Tour Stops...


Eastman School of Music
Ithaca College
Arizona State University
Penn State University
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Montana
North Dakota State University
Kennesaw State University
Arkansas Tech
University of Arkansas Little Rock
Eastern Washington University
Whitworth College
Gonzaga University


Trombonanza 2013
International Trombone Festival 2014
Eastern Trombone Workshop 2014


Eastman Summer Jazz Camp
Juilliard Jazz Summer Camps
Institute for Creative Music Summer Camps

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Get Ahead! A Practical Guide for the Developing Jazz Trombonist - Book by Nick Finzer

Get Ahead! A Practical Guide for the Developing Jazz Trombonist - Book by Nick Finzer

GET AHEAD! provides you with a set of tools to design your path to technical freedom on the trombone to develop your artistry and musical identity. Inside you will find ideas, concepts and practical examples to aid you in your journey as a developing jazz trombonist. I hope that these ideas will foster inspiration for you to improve each day.

Concepts include: Sound Development, Jazz Vocabulary, Tune Learning, Improvising, and more!

A Five Star Amazon Review:

"As a 17-year old jazz trombonist about to enter music school, Nick Finzer wrote this book for people just like me, and I am really benefiting from it. I found that the personal sound concept worksheet is giving me a new found focus when I work on my fundamentals, and the section on scale patterns is giving me a lot to work on. Most importantly, he has sections on goal setting and structuring practice sessions; although these may seem to be the least relevant parts of the book, I've found that they are the most valuable. My only complaint is that I wish that the section on piano playing was longer, but he does a good job with what he covers.

I know a lot of high school trombone players whose teachers only focus on classical playing, and this book would be a huge help to them. In fact, I would say that this book is almost like the jazz version of Kleinhammer's "The Art of Trombone Playing" in that all the long sections of text make it seem like you're taking a lesson with the author. If this book seems interesting or useful, I highly recommend buying it"