Nathan Gable, Trombone

Nate began playing the trombone in 7th grade. His father insisted he play trombone instead of percussion, because his son loved to watch the trombones marching in the front of the bands as they paraded down the street. Originally from Schuylkill County, PA, his family moved to Philadelphia when he was in 7th grade. He continued to play trombone in the Philadelphia school system, qualifying for the All-Philadelphia Junior High School Orchestra in 9th grade and Senior High Orchestra in 11th grade.

After a stint in the US Navy and some work experience, he enrolled in Temple University as a music education major with trombone concentration. After one semester of voice lessons, discovering that he was a tenor, he changed his concentration to voice and graduated in 1972 with a B.Mus.Ed degree.

He never forgot his first love, however, and after retiring from a career as a concert singer he has returned to that love with the Salem County Brass Society and other community musical organizations.

He lives in Sewell (Mantua Twp.) NJ, with his wife, Diana. Daughters Mirella and Elena have since flown the coop. Mirella, a French horn performer, received a Masters in performance at Wichita State University and currently resides there with her husband. Elena played French horn all through high school, finishing her senior year as principal horn in the Clearview High School Wind Ensemble. She is currently a graduate student in Environmental Science at Richard Stockton State College.

Nate maintains his own personal website where a more complete bio is displayed. He manages the salemcountybrass.org website (comments and criticisms are invited via email).

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