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D.M., Indiana University
M.M., Southeastern Louisiana University
B.M.E., Loyola University New Orleans
Applied Trumpet
Applied Jazz Trumpet
Brass Ensemble
Brass and Percussion Pedagogy


Associate Professor, Classical and Jazz Trumpet

Nick Volz is associate professor at Loyola University New Orleans, where he teaches applied classical and jazz trumpet. In addition, he conducts the Loyola Brass Ensemble, teaches brass pedagogy to music education majors, and performs with both the Loyola Faculty Brass Quintet and Faculty Jazz Septet.

Nick has enjoyed a broad and diverse career as a performer and educator, performing throughout the world in a variety of musical contexts. As a New Orleans native and active freelance musician, he works regularly with a variety of groups including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), Delfeayo Marsalis, and the John Mahoney Big Band. Nick had the pleasure of touring extensively with the New Orleans-based original music group Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. He has also worked with a number of other artists and ensembles, including the Columbus Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Brice Winston, John Ellis, and Harry Connick, Jr. In addition, Nick holds numerous radio, television, and recording credits for his work with commercial artists such as Dr. John, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Run DMC, Sugar Ray, and Allen Toussaint.

Volz received his Ph.D. in brass pedagogy and literature from Indiana University, where he studied trumpet with Edmund Cord, John Rommel, and Joey Tartell. He received doctoral minors in music theory and jazz studies, and worked with jazz mentors David Baker and Pat Harbison. While earning his master’s degree in music performance from Southeastern Louisiana University, he studied with Brian DePoy, performed in the Southeastern Brass Quintet, and taught undergraduate trumpet lessons. As an undergraduate pursuing his bachelor's degree in music education at Loyola, Nick studied trumpet with Michael Bucalo and jazz with Clyde Kerr, Jr., Michael Pellera, and John Mahoney. Outside of these programs, Nick also was honored to study under Bill Adam, Barbara Butler, Ellis Marsalis, and Anthony Plog.

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