Nicholas is a music educator and performer from Ellicott City, Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, and received two Bachelor of Music degrees in music education and tuba performance, and a Master of Music in tuba performance. Nicholas began playing music at the age of seven while studying guitar. His main instrument switched to tuba while playing in the Howard County school band programs. Nicholas received many distinctions, including being selected for the Maryland All-State Band or Orchestra each year from 2009-2012 and the John Philip Sousa Award. Nicholas is currently a freelance performer and a founding member of Worcester Brass. He is also the band director at Hammond and Triadelphia Ridge Elementary Schools and teaches private lessons to brass musicians.