Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Nicholas M. Brightman, saxophone

Nick Brightman

Nicholas Brightman is a freelance saxophonist and teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a soloist, he has performed with the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, the Pierre Monteux Domaine School Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, the Eastern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Purdue University Symphonic Band, the Butler University Symphonic Band and many exceptional high school bands throughout Indiana. In addition to frequent solo appearances, Mr. Brightman regularly appears as saxophonist in the woodwind sections of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra. He also plays soprano and alto saxophones in the Indianapolis Saxophone Quartet.

Mr. Brightman began playing saxophone in middle school under the direction of Dr. Cecil Leeson. He continued studying with Dr. Leeson at Ball State University's School of Music in Muncie, Indiana, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Music Degrees. Mr. Brightman plays a Leblanc "Paris System" Model 100 alto saxophone, and he has been a clinician for G. Leblanc Corporation in Kenosha, Wisconsin since 1974. Besides playing all the saxophones, he also plays clarinet and bass clarinet.

During his extensive music career, Mr. Brightman has traveled across the country playing in orchestras supporting respected artists such as Andy Williams, Perry Como, and Natalie Cole. He has played engagements in and around the Indianapolis area with Aretha Franklin, Mel Torme, the Temptations, Lou Rawls, and many other fine musicians. On several occasions, Mr. Brightman has also made solo recital appearances in connection with his teaching career.

In the fall of 1985 Mr. Brightman joined the Purdue University Bands instructional staff as adjunct professor of saxophone and coordinator of applied music studies. During his tenure there, which ended in the spring of 1995, he established the Purdue University Bands Applied Music Studies Program, and for the first time in the history of Purdue University students on the West Lafayette campus could take private lessons on all band and orchestral instruments and receive humanities credit. Classical guitar, piano and jazz improvisation lessons are also a part of the applied studies curriculum.

Currently, Mr. Brightman is adjunct instructor of saxophone and saxophone quartet at the Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University. He also taught there from 1973 to 1977. In addition to his other professional duties, Mr. Brightman owns and operates Nick Brightman's Woodwind Repair, which he started in 1978. This business is located in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis. 

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