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Nick Bruno - Percussion
Drumset, Snare Drum, Marimba and Timpani
Tuba, Bass Trombone and Euphonium
Nick Bruno - Drums has been playing drums since he was 8 years old. He is the 5th generation American musician in the Bruno family and seems to be following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Tony Bruno from Boston who was a great maestro from the 1930's to the 1970's.Jazz and Popular Music Experience30 days after he first sat behind a set, Nick began doing combo work with his grandfather/trumpeter, joe Bruno Sr., his father/bassist, Joe Bruno Jr. and legendary educators/guitarist, Jack Petersen and Clarinetist, John LaPorta. Nick learned Dixieland from Drummer Eddie Graham and would be featured with Joe Brunos Dixieland Hotdogs when he was 8 and would eventually replace his Jazz legend/mentor when he was 12. With the help of his dad, grandfather, trombonist- Greg Neilsen, drummers Lenny Balistreri, Rich MacDonald, Bruce Lehman and Dickey Betts Drummer, James Varnado, Nick has developed into a multi-instrumentalist. Nick also played trumpet in the in the final act while Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey "Greatest Show on Earth" Gold Unit while mom and dad were up on the band stand for 658 shows. After getting back to Sarasota in 2006, Nick would become an original member and drummer along side Rodney Roques in the well known Jazz Juvenocracy. He is currently a Junior at Riverview High School and Plays snare in the drum-line, tuba and euphonium in the band, Drums, trombone and bass trombone in the jazz band. Nick has had drum set and snare instruction off and on since he was 8 with the exception of his time on tour with Ringling from 2004 through 2006. Nick recently studied with Ruth Cahn at Eastman School of Music in Rochester. He currently Studies with Bruce Lehman of the Sarasota Orchestra and Robert Mc Cormick of University of South Florida and the Florida Orchestra.
Nick has been experiencing symphonic music since the age of 4 as a spectator until becoming a member of the Sarasota Orchestra youth program in 2007 where he is now in his 3rd year of the advanced Sarasota Youth Philharmonic. He has been taking percussion studies from Sarasota Orchestra percussionist Bruce Lehman since 2007 and is competing with superiors at regional and state contests at the the level of 6 and studying level 7 for his senior solo. Nick achieved Superior rating on three Florida State Contest solos April 7th, 2010. Nick is proficient at tympani, Snare, mallets and most other orchestral percussion and has been working community theater shows for the past 3 years.Bruce Lehman - 941-377-2064Music theory and knowledge.Nick has a solid understanding of music theory which he started taking in the 9th grade and can play scales two handed on the piano and on mallets in every key. He is very advanced in sight reading for his age and has a well developed ear for intuitive listening and real time thinking while performing in big band and combo jazz. Other Music Proficiencies:Nick has purchased on his own or has been given an assortment of instruments including a Tuba, Euphonium, Bass trombone, Trombone, Trumpet and Marching Baritone which he has learned to play in Sarasota Orchestra Summer programs and currently plays in the school bands and other gigs. Awards this Year District Level - 3 Superiors Nick received 3 superior grades at the Florida Band Masters District Competition. The three "Level 6" pieces performed were a multi drum concerto length composition called French Suite and a concerto length composition snare drum piece called American Suite. Nick played Marimba 1 on the percussion ensemble piece called "Visional Train".State Level - 3 Superiors Same pieces as District.
Nick was among 64 young musicians from around the world chosen to participate in the 2011 Music Horizons Summer Music Institute at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York. He is currently developing a concert repretoire for 5 octave marimba to perform in concert in the near future. Nick is also an in demand percussionist because of his abilities in classical music as well as jazz.