Nathan Dishman is Assistant Professor of Trombone at Iowa State University. He received a Bachelor of Music in education with a jazz emphasis and was awarded the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where he was an Ovation Scholarship Recipient. His document, "A Guide to Daily Maintenance for Trombone," is a unique resource that integrates Audacity technology, daily exercises, and information collected from renowned performers and pedagogues. This book is published by Ensemble Publications. Nathan teaches all things trombone at ISU including private applied lessons, CySlides (trombone choir), Low Brass Methods, and Aural Theory I and II.
He has appeared as soloist at the international level with the Amazonas Philharmonic (Manaus, Brazil), City of Joao Pessoa Wind Ensemble (Brazil), and the State of Paraiba Brass Band (Brazil). Dr. Dishman’s solo album, Conversations, includes several jazz and classical crossover pieces. In 2009, Nathan was one of six international tenor trombone participants selected by Joseph Alessi, principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic, to take part in the prestigious Alessi Seminar in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nathan was also a participant of this bi-annual event in 2007.
His jazz experience includes performances with the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Paris Jazz Festival, and the International Association of Jazz Educators conference. He has performed on stage backing up artists such as Bobby Watson, Wycliffe Gordon, Robin Eubanks, Ray Anderson, Rich Perry, Nicholas Payton, Ernie Andrews, Eric Reed, Jay McShann and Karrin Allyson. Nathan maintained an active performance schedule in the Kansas City area as well as on the east coast prior to moving to Iowa. Nathan previously taught at the University of Virginia and Morehead State University.
Nathan is currently a member of the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators, Blue Ridge Trombone Quartet, Charlottesville Opera Festival, and the horn and trombone duo, Entropy. He is a former member of the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra, Charlottesville Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Saint Joseph Symphony, Lee’s Summit Symphony, and Liberty Symphony. Nathan has performed regularly with members of the Kansas City Symphony including the Kansas City Symphony Brass Ensemble. His primary teachers include JoDee Davis, Roger Oyster, Nancy Vogt, Paul Pollard, Paul McKee, and Bruce Tychinski.