Nate Rawls' Bio

Nate Rawls Big Band


Nate Rawls is an accomplished musician, arranger, composer; Nate is the founder of the Nate Rawls Big Band (10-24 musicians) and the Sound Spectrum Band (2-9 musicians). Both have gained a reputation for outstanding performances for major fundraisers, fashion shows elementary through high schools, colleges, hotels, country clubs and arenas throughout the nation and countries internationally.

As a renowned music agent, Nate supplies various styles of music for entertainment in the form of classical, jazz, blues, standards, latin/carribean, big band and top "40" tunes. He has also created and performed numerous jingles for commercial advertisements. Nate offers dancers for dance demonstrations as well.


Nate serves in the following prestigious academic and artist posts:

  • Trumpet Professor ~ Hochstein School of Music
  • Member ~ The Rochester Musician's Union #66
  • Associate Member ~ Artist-In-Residence Prog. of Project U.N.I.Q.U.E., Inc.
  • Music Director ~ S.W.A.N. Community Band
  • Associate Member ~ RPO's Music Collaborative Program
  • Music Director ~ First Church Divine
  • Consultant of Music ~ Drum & Bugle Corps & Bands
  • Co-Host ~ Local TV Talk Show "Rochester Talks"
  • Host ~ Local TV Talk Show "The Nate Rawls Music Show" (coming soon)


Mr. Rawls is the recipient of the coveted "Duke Ellington Award" for excellence in the art of music and the "Education For Peace Award". He was recognized by the Honorable William A. Johnson, Mayor of the City of Rochester, proclaiming January 18, as "Nate Rawls Day" for his contributions toward heightening awareness and appreciation of various styles of music throughout the region.


  • Mr.Rawls began putting together his Big Band in the mid 80's, while also maintaining a very successful smaller band called "Sound Spectrum", which he had started several years earlier. The transition to the Big Band was easy for him after having played in college bands and jazz ensembles prior to moving here to Rochester, NY, from Los Angeles, CA.  He has played with many greats like, Ray Charles,  Gerald Wilson Big Band,  Millie Jackson,  Spinners,  Martha & The Vandellas,  Little Anthony and The Imperials,  Rollin Kirk,  Sonny & Cher,  Ramsey Lewis,  Llyod Oldham (former singer of the Duke Ellington Orchestra),   Mahalia Jackson,  Stanley Turentine,  Dizzy Gallespsie,  Count Basie,  Freddie Hubbard,  Lee Morgan,  Stevie Wonder,  Barbara Mandrell,  Clark Terry,  The Commodors,  Art Farmer,  Mango Santa Maria,  Alvin Jones,  Rita Moreno,  Caroll, Nell Carter,  Lonnie Liston Smith,  Carol Channing,  Joe Locke and then some....


 

 
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