Nathan Botts (trumpet), hailed by The New York Times as "superb" and "admirable", enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, recording artist, composer, improviser, and specialist on the historic valveless trumpet. An enthusiastic advocate of historic performance practices and the use of period instruments, Botts travels regularly across the US and Canada to perform with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Boston Early Music Festival, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Tempesta di Mare, The American Classical Orchestra, and The American Bach Soloists. Other projects include regular appearances with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, a band specializing in jazz from the 1920’s and 1930’s, and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, a group specializing in late 19th and early 20th century American popular music. He is also a founding member of The Declassified, a new group that specializes in engaging diverse audiences with classical music, presented in new and innovative ways. Widely praised for his musical versatility, Botts is the only trumpeter to ever win both the Jazz and Classical Solo competitions of the International Trumpet Guild in the same year. He studied jazz at the Manhattan School of Music and is a graduate of both Brigham Young University and The Juilliard School. He was also the recipient of a post-graduate performance, teaching, and arts advocacy fellowship at Carnegie Hall known as “The Academy.”