Nick grew up in Benson and got his first drum set at the age of 9. By the age of 12, he was playing jazz in the school lab band, and by the age of 15, he was playing in local bands and getting paid to do what he loved most - playing the drums. While still in Omaha, Nick studied with the late, great Luigi Waites. Nick eventually moved to Denton, TX, to study Jazz at the University of North Texas.
At UNT, he had the opportunity to study with amazing instructors, including Henry Okstel and Ed Soph, and received some of the best technical training available. Although he majored in Jazz, he also performed in West African, Afro-Cuban, Latin and Brazilian percussion ensembles.
In 1991, he formed and led a jazz trio/quintet, and was blessed to be able to draw from a pool of truly great musicians. For the past 28 years, he has led a jazz group and played sessions in the Dallas/Fort Worth markets, across a multitude of styles.
After nearly 30 years as a working musician and educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, he recently returned to take care of his mother, who still lives in Benson. Upon his return, Nick was thrilled to see young musicians playing jazz in Benson. He found out that they were students of the 402 Arts Collective, and knew immediately that he needed to be a part of the Collective.
Nick says that he has also been blessed to be able to use his passion of music, to lead worship at some amazing churches and ministries. He has recorded with a number of very talented worship artists.
As an educator, he tailors his lessons to each of his student's technical level and stylistic passion, while broadening their musical awareness and equipping them to express their musical ideas with groove and finesse.