Marching Percussion Director
Nick Nichols serves as the Marching Percussion Director of the "Pride of Niner Nation" Marching Band, beginning his tenure in 2014 as Director of the 49ers Drumline. A native of Belmont, NC, Nick holds degrees from Western Carolina University (BS Communication '06), the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (BA Music/Percussion '11) and East Carolina University (MM Performance in Conducting/Percussion '14).
While at ECU, Nick served as the Percussion Instructor and Percussion Arranger for the East Carolina University “Marching Pirates,” and also as Co-Director of the ECU Basketball Pep Bands. Nick remains as the Percussion Consultant and Arranger for the ECU Marching Pirates. Nick has taught various high school percussion sections across North Carolina, including the West Carteret High School “Marching Patriots” (2013), Cape Fear High School (2011-2012), New Bern High School “Marching Bears” (2011-2012), West Craven High School “Marching Eagles” (2011) and North Lincoln High School “Band of Knights” (2007-2011, 2014). In the fall of 2011, Nick founded the Percussion Independent Open Class ensemble, Forza East Percussion, and served as the Executive Director for the 2012-2014 seasons, competing in the Winterguard International organization.
Nick has performed with the Sudler Trophy-winning “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band from WCU, as well as the Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Bands. At UNC Charlotte, he performed with the Percussion Ensemble, as principal percussionist in the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, and the Jazz Combos. At ECU, he performed with the Percussion Ensembles and Wind Ensemble, and also as guest conductor for all three of ECU’s concert bands. Nick was a charter member of Carolina Thunder Entertainment (now known as Carolina Panthers Purrcussion), and has been a sought-after musician for various local music engagements in the Charlotte and Eastern NC regions.
Nick has studied percussion privately with Dr. Jonathan Wacker, Rick Dior, Rick Cline, Dr. Mario Gaetano, and Matt Henley, as well as conducting with Dr. Scott Carter and Dr. Bill Staub. Nick is an Innovative Percussion educational artist and proudly endorses/performs with Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets, Remo Drumheads and TreeWorks Chimes.
Nick also currently teaches Elementary General Music at Legette Blythe Elementary School in Huntersville, NC, and serves as adjunct faculty teaching Percussion Techniques in the UNC Charlotte Department of Music. Nick and his wife Laura live in Belmont with their son, Copeland, and two dogs, Murphy and Millie.