Western Illinois University
Nichols is the Principal Percussionist with the Heartland Festival Orchestra. Additionally, he is a member of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and Knox Galesburg Symphony. Active on the drum set, he is a member of the resident faculty jazz combo, the Hopper Jazztet, as well as the Post6 Big Band, Peoria Heritage Ensemble, Lamoine Ramblers, and the rural rock band Iron Orchard.
Dr. Nichols received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Iowa. He is an Educational Artist for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company, Vic Firth, and Remo, Inc.