A native of Belmont, NC, Nick
has served as the Battery Instructor and Percussion
Coordinator for the
North Lincoln High School "Band of
Knights" since January 2007. While at North
Lincoln, Nick was the battery percussion arranger for the
marching band, as well as the visual designer for the "NL
Black" indoor percussion ensemble, who received medals at
every appearance in the Carolina Indoor Performance
Association Championships. Upon the conclusion of the Indoor
Drumline season, Nick directed the NL Black Concert
Percussion Ensemble and received consistent Superior ratings
in regional Solo and Ensemble festivals.
Western Carolina University, graduating in May of 2006 with a
Bachelor of Science in Communication and a minor in Music. He
worked in the Radio Industry in Charlotte, NC for two years,
before realizing that his true passion was music and percussion.
He then went back to school at the University of North Carolina
at Charlotte, to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music,
concentrating in percussion and composition.
While at Western Carolina
University, Nick performed with the
"Pride of the Mountains" Marching Band,
as a member of the Drumline from 2002-2005, playing snare
drum. He also performed with the Percussion Ensemble and
toured North Carolina with the Big Band and Jazz Combo,
playing drumset. At the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte, Nick has performed with the Percussion Ensemble,
Jazz Combos and served as Principal Percussionist for the
Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Nick has studied percussion
privately with Mr. Rick Dior and Mr. Rick Cline, as well as
studied composition and arranging with Dr. John Allemeier.
Nick has also performed with the Carolina Thunder
Entertainment Percussion and has been a sought-after
musician for various local music groups, artists and
churches in the Charlotte area.
Along with serving as the
Instructor for the ECU Marching Pirates Drumline, Nick also
serves as a clinician, instructor and arranger for several
high school percussion programs in the Eastern region. He is
also the Ensemble Director for the newly-formed
Forza East Independent Percussion, based out of
Greenville, NC, and competing under the umbrella
organization of Winter Guard International.
Nick currently resides in New Bern, NC with his wife, Laura,
and their dog Murphy.