Biography and Resume


Nick Reider began studying trumpet at a young age. Like so many students in Carroll County, it all began with a visit to Winfield Elementary School by Bob Coffey and Dave Motter of Coffey music looking for students interested in picking up a musical instrument. Nick was told he had a 'good buzzer' and his long journey with the trumpet began.

At South Carroll High School, Nick began more advanced studies under the tutalage of Brad Collins, and participated in several jazz, orchestral, symphonic, and marching bands. He also began intensifying his private lessons with Bob Coffey, trumpeter and owner of Coffey music--and Nick's instructor from 5th through 12th grade, beginning a professional relationship that remains to this day.


Nick continued his study of the trumpet at Towson University beginning in 1995. His talent was recognized by various state and local agencies, who helped finance his education. He was a recipient of the Towson State University Music Departmental Scholarship, the State Senatorial Scholarship, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Scholarship, and was a Maryland Distinguished Scholar for Talent in the Arts.

While at Towson, Nick learned from various college instructors, including Ray Moore (classical), Phil Snedecor (classical), Luis Engelke (Classical), Bill Warfield (jazz), and Alex Norris (jazz).

During his senior year at Towson, he completed an Educational Psychology research project on 'The Psychology of Music: How Music is Present in All Our Lives.' In addition, Nick began his instructional career in 1998, assisting in instruction at the Towson University Preparatory Department, and assisting as an adjudicator at the local Baltimore Lutheran School. He also began his role as private instructor, using studio space at Coffey music.

In 2000, Nick received his B.S. Degree in Music Education with a concentration in Jazz Performance.




Throughout his education as a musician, Nick has passed that knowledge on to the community. He has taught private lessons to students of all levels, of all musical styles. He has conducted sectionals and assisted with jazz ensembles and jazz combos in public and private schools. He has taught at the junior, middle, high school, and collegiate level. A short listing of the instructional experience Nick has is listed below:

  • McDaniel College, Jazz & Classical Trumpet Instructor, Westminster, MD
  • Loyola College, Trumpet & Brass Instructor, Baltimore, MD
  • Carroll Community College, Trumpet Instructor, Westminster, MD
  • McDonogh School, Trumpet & Brass Instructor, Owings Mills, MD
  • Olenka School Of Music, Trumpet Instructor, Ellicott City, MD
  • Friends School, Trumpet Instructor, Baltimore, MD
  • Calvert Hall College, Trumpet Instructor, Towson, MD
  • Music and Arts Centers, Trumpet Instructor, Laurel, MD
  • Baltimore Inner City Summer Music Camp, Music Educator, Baltimore, MD
  • Towson University, Teacher Assistant, Jazz Combos, Towson, MD
  • Coffey Music, Trumpet Instructor, Westminster, MD
  • Baltimore Lutheran School, Adjudicator, Baltimore, MD
  • Towson University Preparatory Department, Trumpet Instructor, Towson, MD

Performance Resume

Like all great musicians, Nick takes special pleasure in his performances. Early in his musical career, a majority of his performances were related to his coursework. During his Towson University years, Nick was a member of the Towson University Symphonic Band under the direction of Dana Rothlisberger. He was also a featured trumpet/flugelhorn soloist in the award-winning Towson University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Hank Levy, Glenn Cashman and Ron Diehl. During his time with the Towson University Jazz Ensemble, Nick was featured on the ensemble's 1998 and 2000 CDs, and performed with the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note, U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, U.S. Army Blues, U.S. Navy Jazz Commodores, Bill Warfield, Claudio Roditi, and Vaughn Nark.

In addition to his work with these groups, Nick has performed in various musical productions, including City of Angels; Jesus Christ Superstar; Annie, Bye Bye, Birdie; The Music Man; Guys and Dolls; A Chorus Line; and Hello Dolly.

Since his college years, Nick has performed regularly with popular Baltimore-area bands, including The Players Band, The 8 Ohms Band, The Jenny Boyle Band, Doctors Orders, Higher Hands, Bumpin Uglies, UNITY Reggae Band, Sweet Leda, The Junkyard Saints, and leads his own Jazz Group. 

Some more notable achievements in Nick's performing career appear below:

  • 2016 Performed at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Jah Works.
  • 2016 Performed 10 Concerts for Veterans at the VA Rehab Center in Baltimore.
  • 2016 Recorded Trumpet for Bumpin Uglies album that reached #2 on Billboard "Reggae" Charts. 
  • 2011 Recorded Trumpet for HIGHER HANDS upcoming CD release. 
  • 2011 Recorded Trumpet for 8 Ohms Band CD "Superheavy".
  • 2011 Recorded Trumpet for Bumpin' Uglies CD "Free Candy".
  • 2011 Recorded Trumpet for SWEET LEDA CD "Need The Music".
  • 2011 Private student wins national competition for Music & Arts Centers advertising promotion. 
  • 2011 Recieved grant to perform 6 Jazz themed concerts for patients at a VA Rehab center in Baltimore.
  • 2010 Traveled to Qatar to perform for U.S. Troops stationed at Al-Udeid Air Base.
  • 2010 Recorded Trumpet & Flugelhorn for Tim Jenkins CD "The Pregnantry".
  • 2009 Performed at Pier 6 Concert Pavilion with The Players Band.
  • 2009 Performed for Illinois' Presidential Inauguration Gala in Washington D.C.
  • 2008 Recorded Trumpet & Vocals for THE PLAYERS BAND 2008 CD "Live & Direct"
  • 2008 Performed for Olympian Michael Phelps, at Baltimore's Fort McHenry, with The Players Band.
  • 2007 Recorded Trumpet & Flugelhorn for BILLBOARD'S #1 ALBUM FOR CONTEMPORARY JAZZ for the week of September 1st - NAJEE "Rising Sun". (Billboard Magazine Volume 119, NO. 35)
  • 2007 Performed with FISHBONE at Ram's Head "Live".
  • 2007 Performed with Legendary SKA Innovators The Skatalites, at The Tracadero in Philadelphia, PA.
  • 2007 Recorded Trumpet & Flugelhorn for Internationally known jazz saxophonist NAJEE's 2007 Album "Rising Sun".
  • 2006 Recorded Flugelhorn for the TRUE SPIRIT 2006 CD with Dennis Chambers, Najee, Gary Grainger, Victor Williams, and John Grant.
  • 2006 Performed with The McDaniel College Jazz Faculty for the Miles Davis "Kind Of Blue" Tribute Concert.
  • 2006 Performed with Reggae Legend & Grammy Winner Frederick "Toots" Hibbert at Recher Theater.
  • 2006 Recorded Trumpet & Flugelhorn for Tim Jenkins 2006 CD.
  • 2005-2006 Performed at Baltimore's "Artscape" festival with The Players.
  • 2005 Recorded Trumpet for FOOLS & HORSES 2005 CD "Pop Filter".
  • 2006 Recorded Trumpet for UNITY REGGAE BAND 2006 CD "Urban Music".
  • 2005 Recorded Trumpet and Vocals for THE PLAYERS BAND 2005 CD "Halftime".
  • 2005 Performed with legendary UK band THE ENGLISH BEAT at The Recher Theatre.
  • 2005 Performed at The State Theater for the Emergenza National Music Showcase Competition.
  • 2004 Arranged music for and Performed with Cuba Gooding Sr. for 70's Tribute Concert at The Maryland Hall.
  • 2003 Performed with The B-52’s at the 9:30 club.
  • 2003 Recorded Open Wide and Holding on Tim Jenkins 2004 CD release of Semi-Hollow Body.
  • 2002 Performed at First Night Annapolis with THE PLAYERS.
  • 2002-present Director of music activities for research project with The Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • 2002-persent Co-Arranged music and performed with McDaniel College Gospel Choir.
  • 2001-present Wrote and recorded music that was featured on MTV show "FANatic".
  • 2000-present Guest lead trumpet and soloist with the McDaniel College Jazz Ensemble.
  • 2000 Organized and performed Miles Davis Tribute Concert at Towson University.
  • 2000 Performed with Towson University Faculty Jazz Sextet.
  • 1999-2002 Trumpeter for Basilica of the Assumption Church performances.
  • 2000 Finalist in Sennheiser's Evolution Band Contest as part of UNPROVOKED MOOSE ATTACK.
  • 1999-2001 Recorded and arranged songs with Unprovoked Moose Attack on CD release, Speechless.
  • 1998-present Soloist and section player with Carroll County Jazz Ensemble.
  • 1997-1998 Performed in Towson University Student Brass Quintet.
  • 1997 Trumpet player for Hershey Park variety bands.
  • 1996-2000 Performed in Student Jazz Combo at Towson University.
  • 1995-present Performed in various musical productions, including City of Angels; Jesus Christ Superstar; Annie, Bye Bye, Birdie; The Music Man; Guys and Dolls; A Chorus Line; and Hello Dolly.
  • 1995-2000 Featured trumpet/flugelhorn soloist and member of Award-winning Towson University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Hank Levy, Glenn Cashman and Ron Diehl. Featured on ensemble’s 1998 and 2000 CDs. Band performed with the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note, U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, U.S. Army Blues, U.S. Navy Jazz Commodores, Bill Warfield, Claudio Roditi, and Vaughn Nark.
  • 1995-1998 Member of Towson State University Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dana Rothlisberger.
  • 1995-present Freelance trumpet player performing in various musical styles.



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