Composer/Pianist/Trumpeter Nate Sparks grew up in Runnells, Iowa. Nate began
playing the piano at age 7, trumpet at 11, and pursued jazz throughout his middle
school and high school years. His acceptance into several national high school honor
bands and music festivals–including the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Band, The Brubeck
Summer Jazz Colony, The Vail Jazz Workshop, and the Jazz Band of America–led him
to a post-secondary study of jazz at the Juilliard School, where he also began his career
as a writer.
Since then he has been commissioned music for the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, Bobby Sanabria and the Multiverse Big Band, the Grammy-Nominated MSM Afro-Cuban
Orchestra, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, The ABS Chamber Orchestra, the New
York Trumpet Ensemble, and the Des Moines Big Band among others. While he
regularly takes commissions for freelance work, his main outlet as a writer is with his
own band, the Nate Sparks Big Band, a New York-based 17-piece jazz orchestra.
Playing exclusively his own Compositions, arrangements, and transcriptions, the Nate
Sparks Big Band performs regularly at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City.
In May of 2017, Nate graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor’s degree in performance,
and now in addition to writing and performing, actively pursues a career as a jazz
educator. Since then, Nate has been a guest clinician for the New York Youth
Symphony Jazz Orchestra (New York, NY), The University of Scranton (Scranton, PA),
Drake University (Des Moines, IA), Delaware Valley High School (Milford, PA), and
Southeast Polk High School (Des Moines, IA). Nate also teaches private lessons in
Jazz Piano, Piano Fundamentals, Theory, Jazz Improvisation, Composition and
Arranging, and Trumpet.