Gary Powell Nash is Professor of Music Theory and Technology at Fisk University and Conductor for the Fisk University Jazz Ensemble. He has also been brass arranger, brass technician and musical consultant for Music City Legend Drum and Bugle Corps, Nashville, TN and SoCal Dream Drum and Bugle Corps, Fountain Valley, CA. As a composer, arranger, transcriber, clarinetist and saxophonist for all occasions, Nash specializes in composing/arranging works for large instrumental ensembles and currently resides in Nashville, TN.
Gary Powell Nash is a composer who has been very much influenced by his education, as well as his environment, to compose music that contributes to, and helps advance American music. His compositions range from chamber to orchestral works and are influenced by European music as well as traditional American genres such as jazz, blues, spirituals and ragtime. His objective is to find the most unique and exotic subject matter as a premise for a new creative work.
Gary Powell Nash’s music is bright, strongly rhythmic and shaped by his musical roots and traditions in the African-American community. He is able to abstract blues/gospel/jazz elements and infuse these morphs into a solid, crafted style based on Western classical disciplines with a keen understanding of instrumentation and a particularly wonderful sensitivity to all types of instruments. Audiences are affected by the intense, dramatic power of his style and the intellect behind the music and Nash is wholeheartedly committed to the unifying power of music.