Nick Lane is a freelance trombonist, composer and arranger based in Los Angeles for the last 25 years. Born and raised in Marshalltown Iowa, he graduated Boston’s Berklee College of Music before joining Maynard Ferguson’s band in 1977.

He stayed on with Maynard through 1981, recording 17 arrangements/compositions on 5 albums. (His composition with MF, “Everybody loves the Blues”, can be heard nightly on tour with the show “Blast”).

Over the years, Lane has recorded on hundreds of CD’s including recent pop artists such as Coldplay, Green Day, No Doubt, Pink, Macy Gray, Tim McGraw, Babyface, The Offspring, The Wallflowers, Ziggy Marley, Fastball and Joe Cocker. He is active in the L.A. recording scene and attributes his continued involvement with the music of TV, movies and commercials to a low threshold of entertainment and high tolerance for inflated egos.

Recently he has been involved in recording projects of his original works: “Songs for the Heartland,” a new CD featuring full orchestra with chorus (and trombone, of course) was just released featuring commissions for the Central Iowa Music Festival the past 4 summers.
“Smile & Nod” by Alias Smith & Lane Nick & baritone Saxist Greg Smith record R&B instrumental originals with organ trio and is available on Doc Kupka’s Strokeland record label.

“Bone in the U.S.A” from Nick’s 9 horn funk band is now available at

Trombone Quintet - Novus has just recorded a commissioned piece from Nick entitled “Calypso Lips”. Other examples of Nick’s writing for brass quintet, large brass ensemble and more commercial settings are available at Lane still finds time to travel and has been filling in with the group Chicago the last few years, most recently doing a series of concerts sharing the stage with Earth, Wind & Fire. He’s slated to do several weeks of concerts with Neil Diamond this fall, but his “road days” that had him doing 5 world tours with Rod Stewart, several with The Who, other gigs with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Etta James, etc. are all in the past. (probably).


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