Meet Nicholas Dyson

Professional Musician & Music Teacher
About nicholas

Trumpeter Nicholas began studying piano at 4 years, adding flute and trumpet at 10. He studied trumpet with Marcellus Brown and Brad Peters while attending Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, furthering study through lessons with masters Bobby Shew and Jon Faddis, and masterclass performances for American Brass Quintet and Centre City Brass Quintet. Nicholas began performing and teaching professionally in 1995.

From 2000-2008 he travelled the world and performed as Lead Trumpeter and Musical Director aboard many cruise ships, mostly with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

In 2008 Nicholas settled in Ottawa, Canada, where he established his teaching studio. He founded the Capital Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2009 and was its musical director for 10 years.

Today, Nicholas is an in-demand private instructor in trumpet, harmony and improvisation, mainly by Zoom during the pandemic. He is a Carleton University Jazz Camp faculty member, and hosted Trumpet Bootcamp for several years at Alcorn Music Studios. Nicholas is also an active guest clinician, adjudicator and guest soloist.

When not performing, directing, or recording, Nick can be found teaching students of all ages and backgrounds from his home studio. He lives in Blind Bay, British Columbia with his dog Bugsy.


Nicholas frequently writes and records for a variety of artists, and has contributed to many albums, including:

  • Solomon Douglas Swingtet
  • Tilda
  • That’s The Spirit
  • SoulJazz Orchestra’s ‘Rising Sun’ (2011 JUNO nomination)
  • SoulJazz Orchestra’s ‘Solidarity’ (2013 JUNO nomination)
  • Bank Street Bonbons
  • The Cooper Brothers
  • Slim Moore & the Mar-Kays
  • Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Mashers
  • The Yohawks
  • Orienteers
  • Phil Motion & the Easy Lo-Fi
  • Pete Foret
  • KJ Thomas
  • Kayla Howran
  • Janie Renée
  • Good Advice
  • Krystal Jyl & The Jacks
  • Live concert recording for Radio Canada with Los Gringos
  • Prime Rib Big Band 2020 release: “Choice Cuts”

His Ottawa-based Jazz band, The Beeched Wailers, recorded their album, “The Johnson Lake Sessions” in 2015.


Nicholas performs regularly with The Prime Rib Big Band, Los Gringos, Bank Street Bonbons, and Mackenzie Rhythm Section, and he occasionally performs with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Pops.

Nicholas’s jazz quintet, The Beeched Wailers, hosts a weekly Tuesday Night Jazz Jam in Ottawa.


Nicholas Dyson has worked with numerous musical legends including:

Dave Brubeck, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Jamie Cullum, Kim Massie, Paul Anka, The Temptations, The Coasters, The Platters, Solomon Douglas Swingtet, Patrick Watson, Dan Mangan, and Broken Social Scene.

Nicholas also played with the National Arts Centre Orchestra Pops, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau, Capital Brassworks, and in the pit orchestras of many musical theatres shows like Book of Mormon and Motown The Musical.

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