He began his musical study on piano at the age of seven and started playing professional saxophone gigs at the age of thirteen. Nathan has earned four degrees in music, including an M.A.T degree in Applied Music and Music Teaching from Lehman College; M.M. degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media from the Eastman School of Music; B.M. degree in Jazz Studies and Afro-American Music from the University of Massachusetts; and B.M. degree in Classical Saxophone Performance from the University of Massachusetts.
As Saxophonist…Nathan has performed with the Birdland Big Band, Broadway Theater League Orchestra, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Daryl Hall, Debbie Gibson, Duprees, Frankie Valli, Funk Brothers, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gracie Awards Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Michael Grimm, Temptations, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and the Tommy Igoe Sextet. He also played lead alto as part of the Buddy Rich Memorial Live Concert and DVD (featuring Chad Smith, Neil Peart, Peter Erskine, Terry Bozzio, Tommy Igoe, and Will Lee). Notable performance venues include the Beacon Theater, Birdland, Broadway Theaters, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Iridium, The Jazz Cruise, Town Hall, and the Vail Jazz Festival.
Nathan has been recognized by several national organizations such as Downbeat Magazine, Saxophone Journal, Hilton Head Jazz Society and the US State Department. His high-energy style can be heard as the lead alto saxophonist for the Birdland Big Band. As such, he has helped to shape a new sound in modern lead alto playing. Reviewer Dan Bilawsky in All About Jazz noted "the melodically brilliant Nathan Childers—who may be the best-kept-saxophone secret in New York."
His career has also included film and television appearances as an on-screen musician. These include Mildred Pierce (HBO), Sex And The City II, Steve Schirripa TV pilot for Fox Television, Daredevil, The Post, and Wall Street II. He also worked behind the scenes on Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
He has performed in Broadway and Off-Broadway productions including The Best is Yet To Come, Come Fly Away, Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love, Kinky Boots, Memphis, and The Wedding Singer.
As Educator…Nathan has conducted clinics, workshops, and presentations at Amherst College, Eastman School of Music, Jazz Education Network, Ithaca College, Salem State University, Rutgers University, New Jersey Association of Jazz Educators, University of Massachusetts, and the US Scholastic Band Association. He is the founding director of the Horizons Music Academy in New Canaan, Connecticut, instructor at the Queens College Center for Preparatory Studies in Music, and Department Chair in music at the Rockland Country Day School.
As Composer…Nathan has been recognized by the BMI Composers Workshop, ASCAP, and the Amherst College department of music. He has enjoyed several commissions and is currently the music composer for the Visual Learning Company.
Nathan proudly endorses D'Addario Woodwinds and Yamaha instruments.