A native of San Antonio, Texas, Nicholas is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. In December 2015, Nicholas was awarded a Master of Music degree from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK where he graduated with Distinction.
Active over the past few years as a trombone soloist, Nicholas has appeared in the United States and abroad. Recent performances of note include an appearance with the Lichfield Sinfonia (UK) playing the Concerto for Trombone by Launy Gröndahl and an appearance with the Manchester Beethoven Orchestra (UK) playing the Concertino in Eb Major, Op. 4 by Ferdinand David. In December 2014, during the opening of the “Philip Jones Centre for Brass” at the Royal Northern College of Music, Nicholas was invited to play as a featured soloist with a 10 piece brass ensemble playing an arrangement of Londonderry Air, which was arranged and made famous by former member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, John Iveson. In addition to being a featured soloist, Nicholas had the special opportunity of playing this solo for Mr. Iveson who was a guest of honor for the opening ceremony.
In August 2015, Nicholas was invited to play at the Manchester Jazz Festival with a jazz nonet consisting of 5 trombones and rhythm section featuring his arrangements and compositions. In October 2015, Nicholas was selected as a finalist in the Johnny Raducanu International Jazz Competition in Romania.
Nicholas has had his arrangements and compositions featured all over the world. In December 2014 Nicholas had some of his big band arrangements played on BBC Radio 3 in Manchester by the RNCM Big Band. Currently, he is working on several commissions in the US, UK and Australia. Beginning in August 2016, Nicholas will be taking up the position as Principal Trombone of the Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale in west Texas. In the 2016-2017 orchestral season, Nicholas will be traveling to the Ukraine to perform a concerto with the Donetsk State Philharmonic Society.
Some of the teachers that Nicholas has had the chance to study with are: Dr. Carl Lobitz, Ed Geimer, Ron Wilkins, Dr. John Marcellus, Simon Cowen Rob Holliday, and Roger Cutts.