Self-taught from age 5, Nate's formal drum set training began during high school with Grant Menefee in Baltimore, Maryland. He continued his education in Boston, Massachusetts as a performance major at the renowned Berklee College of Music, studying with drummers such as Ed Uribe, John Ramsay and Ron Savage. After graduating in 1994, he taught and played locally in Boston until moving to Los Angeles in 1999 where he has since amassed touring and recording credits that include Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, Miley Cyrus, Richard Marx, Paul Anka, Paul Stanley, Paulina Rubio and Thalia among others. Nate was also the hard-hitting force behind the house band on the Mark Burnett ROCKSTAR:INXS and ROCKSTAR:Supernova.
In 2010, he was the house band drummer on Bonnie Hunt's daytime talk show, as well as performing with Cher for her string of appearances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Now, you can catch him grooving during prime time on the NBC hit show, THE VOICE.
He cites Animal from The Muppet Show as his first and biggest influence. "The bottom line is, I hit things with sticks for a living, and that's a pretty fun job.