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Nate Mayland


As co-founder at Maple & Brass Nate offers professional 

recording on trombone, bass trombone, tuba. Fellow founder Erin Mayland offers recording on violin and viola. Learn more at


Nate is thrilled to be teaching  at Montclair State

University as Adjunct Professor of Trombone, where he is teaching lessons and coaching in the jazz combo program. 


Nate is a highly in-demand doubler on Broadway and will be performing in the pit of THE WIZ  in 2024.. He has played ten shows of his own, subbed on over 40 chairs, and regularly performs on small tenor, orchestral tenor, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba.


Nate has performed and toured with The Knights Orchestra, The American Ballet Theater, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, The American Symphony Orchestra, and others. He performed the Tomasi Trombone Concerto live on the radio with The Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, and has studied under the legendary Edward Kleinhammer, Scott Hartman and Dee Stewart. 


Nate has composed for his own group The Wishbone Project, BONEGASM, The Kat Gang Quartet, The Band of Bones, and others. 


Nate has recently toured with The Maria Schneider Orchestra, and Jennifer Wharton's BONEGASM, a jazz trombone quartet featuring the writing of Jim McNeely, Renee Rosnes, John Fedchock, Alan Ferber and more. 

Posted October 9th, 2020


I miss music. I miss musicians. I miss the casts. The wardrobe department. The stagehands. The electricians. The ushers. The stage managers. 


Conductor cams. Black clothes. Schlepping. Click tracks. The jokes. The conversations. The doorman. Sitzprobes. Rehearsals. Emails. Texts. Mute drops. Clams. 


The totally unparalleled thrill of a great gig where everyone plays great and someone still manages to steal the show. 


I miss the tourists in Times Square. The subway. The turnstile. The smells. Even Pret. The billboards in Times Square. The Lower East Side. The restaurants. Pure Thai. Central Park. 


Slicing through a crowd of tourists with an instrument on my back. 


Music is an idea. It will always survive, but...


Rent is real. Entertainment workers are real. Live entertainment is not surviving Covid-19. 


Massive across the board cancellations through 2021 have cut income for thousands and thousands of my friends to zero and I and we aren’t coming back until the virus in contained or we have a vaccine.


I’ve spent 26 years studying trombone professionally. I doubt I’ve missed 26 days of practice in that time. Every day. I live it. I love it. When I’m not practicing I’m writing or listening. I hear the math in it. I listen for the intangible. What is good? What swings? The more I learn the less I know. It’s my life. 


I haven’t lost my job. We haven’t lost our jobs. We have lost our careers. We have lost our industry. Imagine a world without lawyers and law. (Please hold your applause.) Without vacation destinations. Without sports. Without teachers or schools. Can you? Live music is GONE. 


It’s the Arts. Bread and Circus. We need the Arts to survive as a worthy society. 


All I ask:







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