Nathan Walyer is a native of Vancouver, WA in the Great Pacific Northwest. Nathan earned an AA in Music at Mount Hood Community College, and a BMA in Trombone Performance at Central Washington University. He has also done Post-Bac trombone studies at the University of Oregon and has just earned an MM in Trombone from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr. Walyer has a wide range of playing and teaching experience from orchestral and wind bands playing to jazz and big bands. He is a proud on-going student of Dr. Irv “Spoons” Wagner.
Jay Wilkinson received his BME and MM in trumpet performance from the University of Oklahoma. As a student he received numerous awards for trumpet performance in jazz and classical, and received a citation for jazz piano. Following his graduate degree, he spent time at the University of North Texas where he studied with Rodney Booth, Mike Steinel, Steve Wiest, and Keith Johnson. He is the Coordinator of Jazz Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
Jay has performed at various locations across the U.S. as a vocalist and trumpet player and is a major performer in the Oklahoma City Metro area. He is a member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and was once featured as a vocalist during a pops concert. This connection has allowed him the opportunity to perform with artists like Ray Charles, Mercedes Ellington, Al Jerreau, Manhattan Transfer, Byron Stripling, Chris Botti, Kristin Chenoweth, Renee Fleming, and Kelli O’Hara. He is a member of the Lyric Theatre Orchestra and often plays for traveling shows through Celebrity Attractions which feature some of this country’s finest Broadway performers. Wilkinson is also a trumpeter for the OKC Jazz Orchestra which has performed with Doc Severinsen, Bob Mintzer, Ben Patterson, and Tony Monaco. Jay has performed and toured with other smaller outfits.