Nicholas Piato is currently a senior at the Eastman School of Music, double majoring in Trumpet Performance and Music Education under Douglas Prosser. While in his hometown of Syracuse, NY, Nick studies privately with John Raschella, principal trumpet of Symphoria. Nick is an active performer in both the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, and the Eastman Brass Guild. Nick has also performed with the Eastman Jazz Lab Band and the Eastman New Jazz Band.
While at Eastman, Nick also performs in a number of groups not associated with the school. Nick has performed with the Empire Film Music Ensemble, OSSIA New Music Ensemble, and the East Side Brass Band. Nick is also an avid performer in the brass quintet setting.
Nick is an alumni of the NYSSSA Summer School of the Arts where he participated for two years, playing for members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was also a member of the NYS All-State Symphonic Band and the All-State Wind Ensemble, where he was principal trumpet. Nick has also been principal trumpet with the Syracuse Youth Orchestra and a first trumpet in the US Army All-American Marching Band.
When Nick isn’t playing the trumpet he loves to teach. Nick student taught in both elementary, middle and high school positions for the Webster Central School District. In this role, he lead both lessons and rehearsals for all of these grade levels. Nick also teaches private trumpet lessons in the Syracuse area and is on staff with the State Champion West Genesee Wildcat Marching Band. Nick has also been both a teacher and performer at the Pennsylvania Arts Institute. As the trumpet counselor, Nick performed in ensembles as well as acted in a teacher role for high school students.
Nick is also active in other genres. Nick's band Filtered Thoughts specializes in blues and rock and plays often in the Syracuse area. In the band, Nick plays keyboards, trumpet, and sings background vocals. In April of 2016, the band had the opportunity to open for and meet former President of the United States Bill Clinton. Nick's trumpet playing can also be heard on select tracks from Jake Bellisimo's album The Good We've Sewn (https://open.spotify.com/album/7iflqCp2Uw6n8uAgeUZh1d.