Nick Costa | Zildjian Drum Set Artist

Nick Costa

University of the Arts, School District of Philadelphia

Nick Costa is a Music Educator for the School District of Philadelphia, a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts, a percussion consultant for Villanova University, and a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) candidate. He is also an independent drummer, clinician, and drum technician with both national and international touring experience. As an educator, Nick has focused on providing ways to integrate drum set studies into K-12 music curriculum to bridge the gap between general and instrumental music studies. He has also played a pivotal role in integrating “Modern Band” curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia by creating relationships with Conn-Selmer, Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo Heads, The Recording Academy (Grammy’s), and Little Kids Rock to outsource all 220 schools with drum sets. Nick has also written and recorded lessons for Modern Drummer Magazine.

Nick Costa

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WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

My students - They're my #1. They're the reason I'm in the classroom, and the reason why I push myself to continue to get better. I enjoy learning from them as much as I do teaching them, which helps me keep an open mind.

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WORDS OF WISDOM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF DRUMMERS

PLAY. FOR. YOURSELF. Not the trends, and not for social media fame. Create your own voice and always, ALWAYS play for the song.

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FAVORITE ZILDJIAN CYMBAL/COMBO

It varies on the gig, but I tend to lean towards A Customs when I need cymbals that cut, otherwise I'm using various K series cymbals.

Behind the kit

In Time For Nothing by St. Brendan Play Through | Nick Costa

El Raval by St Brendan Playthrough | Nick Costa

Fever by St Brendan Playthrough | Nick Costa

1992 by St. Brendan Drum Play Through | Nick Costa

Easy by St Brendan Playthrough | Nick Costa

Photo Credits:
Profile, Artist In 3: Liz Costa
Header: Mike Scioli