Nathan Boal is a Corvallis native and graduate of Corvallis High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Valparaiso University in Indiana with emphases on saxophone performance, conducting and music theory. He continued his studies in theory and saxophone at the University of Oregon. During his studies he was a concerto contest winner on saxophone at Valparaiso University. He has performed not only in Indiana and Oregon but also at venues around the country and in Canada, including performances in Severance Hall in Cleveland and Carnegie Hall in New York, plus multiple performances in Japan.
Boal was the instructor of the beginning jazz program at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis and plays with local jazz ensembles - the Hilltop Big Band and Mango Django. He has also been involved with Majestic Theater performances as a musician in the orchestra, as an actor in Jesus Christ Superstar, and also as conductor for Guys and Dolls, The Sound of Music and Les Misérables. He has performed as a guest artist numerous times with the OSU Wind Ensemble, and was the featured soloist on their Spring 2013 concert when he performed Claude T. Smith's Fantasia for Alto Saxophone. He is the principal saxophone with the Corvallis-OSU Symphony Orchestra and was recently featured with them performing Henri Tomasi's Concerto pour saxophone alto et orchestre.