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Nick Volz

Associate Professor of Classical and Jazz Trumpet


D.M., Indiana University

M.M. Southeastern Louisiana University

B.M.E. Loyola University New Orleans.


  • College of Music and Media
  • Music Education
  • School of Music


Nick Volz is Associate Professor of Music at Loyola University New Orleans, where he teaches applied Classical and Jazz Trumpet. In addition, he conducts the Loyola Brass Ensemble, teaches Brass Pedagogy to music education majors, and performs with both the Loyola Faculty Brass Quintet and Faculty Jazz Septet.

Since his faculty appointment in 2008, the Loyola Trumpet Studio has taken great strides. His former students are thriving in music careers throughout the country, including positions in various orchestras, military bands, jazz groups and commercial ensembles. His students who chose to continue their studies have been awarded assistantships and scholarships at distinguished graduate programs including Eastman, Indiana, Julliard, Northwestern, and Yale. His students have had much success in recent solo competitions, winning First Place in the National Trumpet Competition 2016 Jazz Division, First Place in the International Trumpet Guild 2016 Orchestral Excerpt Competition, and Second Place in the International Trumpet Guild 2014 Jazz Competition.

Dr. Volz has enjoyed a broad and diverse career as a performer and educator, performing throughout the world in a variety of musical contexts. As a New Orleans native and active freelance musician, he works regularly with a variety of groups including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Delfeayo Marsalis, and John Mahoney Big Band. He had the pleasure of touring extensively with the New Orleans-based original music group Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. He has also worked with a number of other artists, including Columbus Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Chicago Baroque Ensemble, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Brice Winston, John Ellis, and Harry Connick Junior.

His numerous radio, television, and recording credits include working with commercial artists such as Dr. John, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra Junior, Run DMC, Sugar Ray, and Allen Toussaint.

Volz received his Doctorate in Brass Pedagogy and Literature from Indiana University, where he studied trumpet with Edmund Cord, John Rommel, and Joey Tartell. He received doctoral minors in Music Theory and Jazz Studies, and he was blessed to work with jazz mentors David Baker and Pat Harbison. During his Master’s degree in Music Performance from Southeastern Louisiana University, he studied with Brian DePoy, performed in the Southastern Brass Quintet, and taught undergraduate trumpet lessons. His Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Loyola University enabled him to study trumpet with Michael Bucalo and jazz with Clyde Kerr Junior, Michael Pellera, and John Mahoney. He is grateful to have had additional study with Bill Adam, Barbara Butler, Ellis Marsalis, and Anthony Plog.