Nicholas Puin

A native Clevelander, Nicholas Puin holds a Bachelor’s of Music Composition Degree from The Berklee College of Music, a Master’s of Music Composition and an Ohio Teaching Certificate from Cleveland State University. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Chamber Symphony, The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Singing Angels, The Bop Stop Jazz Unit and most recently The Baldwin-Wallace University and The Case-Western Reserve University Jazz Ensembles. Some of his works have been commissioned for radio and television commercial advertising recordings, recordings by local recording artists as well as formal concert performances by various local ensembles. Mr. Puin has taught General and Instrumental Music for The Beachwood City Schools, The Maple Heights City Schools and most recently The Berea and Strongsville City Schools. He served as The Director of Percussion for The Strongsville High School Marching Band for the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons. He served as a substitute percussionist for the Strongsville Community Band from 2002 to 2017. In addition, he was a private drum instructor at Motter’s Music, in Lyndhurst , from 1975 to 2018. He also leads his own ensemble, The Nick Puin Band and is the Music Director of The Italian Band of Cleveland.



Numerous original compositions and arrangements for large and small jazz ensembles; numerous commissions/arrangements for various ensembles used for recordings by local performers and advertising agencies

Inner Workings Suite (for large jazz ensemble), 2014
Arrangement of “Things Ain’t the Way They Used To Be” (for large jazz ensemble), 2014

Arrangement “Green and Blue” (for large jazz ensemble), 2015


The Peace Within, 2011  (SATB and Flute)


An Honorable Decision,1993 (for English Horn and Strings)

Conclusion, 1994 (Fantasy for Full Orchestra)

Solo Instrument and/or mixed ensemble

Libitum Quartet, 1978 (String Quartet)

4+5 Divided by 2+4, 1999 (for two Pianos)

69th Street, 2001 (for two Pianos)

Accept The Challenge, 2002 (for Three Trumpets and Percussion)

Towards A Better Time, 2004 (String Quartet)
Four From Two, 2005-2006 (for Solo Piano)

Some Of Both, 2010 (for Viola and Piano)

Three Of The Fifths By Four, 2011 (Guitar Quartet)

Serious Intentions, 2012 (for two Pianos)

Two Short Adventures, 2012 (Woodwind Quintet)

First Flight, 2012-2013 (Jazz Quartet for Trumpet, Piano, Bass and Drums)

One Or The Other, 2014 (for Trombone and Piano)
New Hope, 2015 (for Solo Piano)

Fun Run, 2016 (for Solo Cello)

An Introspective Demeanor, 2016 (Suite for Trombone quartet)

Arrangement of original work First Flight for large jazz ensemble, 2016

Three Deadlines, 2016-2017 (for Solo Piano)

Serenade of the Songbirds, 2017 (Suite for Flute quintet)

Arrangement of “I’m Old Fashioned’ for large jazz ensemble, 2017-2018

A Sure Sign of Spring, 2018 (for solo piano)