DIRECTOR OF BANDS
Director of Bands
Todd Nichols’ credits include work as a music educator, conductor, and performer throughout the United States. Mr. Nichols was appointed Associate Director of University Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Rutgers University in 2017. Mr. Nichols currently serves on the executive board for ASPIRE, a national organization devoted to commissioning new music of the highest artistic merit and he has participated in national focus groups for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic and MFA National Concert Band Festival. Mr. Nichols has served as guest conductor for the United States Army Field Band, NJ Region I Symphonic Band, NJ Region II Symphonic Band, NJ Region I Jazz Ensemble, Rutgers University Honor Band, FMI All-State Band, 2011 CMEA Region Youth Honor Band, and 2017 DCMEA Wind Ensemble. Mr. Nichols is a frequent adjudicator and clinician for both high school and middle school ensembles and has adjudicated for NJMEA, PMEA, VMEA, Bands of America, and DCA.
He received his BA in Music from The College of New Jersey in 1998, and MM in Conducting from Messiah College in 2010. Mr. Nichols has had the great privilege of studying with Dr. William Silvester, Dr. William Berz, and Dr. Brad Genevro. Mr. Nichols has also participated in conducting master classes and symposiums with notable conductors and educators including Eugene Migliaro Corporan, Mark Davis Scatterday, David Effron, Virgina Allen, and Dennis Fisher. In 2012, Mr. Nichols was selected via an international audition as one of only ten Conducting Fellows for the Juilliard School Conducting Workshop. Nichols has also been honored to work with instrumental icons Phil Smith, Joe Alessi, Stanley Drucker, Allen Vizzutti, and Alan Baer.
As Artistic Director and conductor for The Eastern Wind Symphony, Mr. Nichols orchestrated the ensemble’s debut in Carnegie Hall, created an Annual Guest Artist Program with many of New York’s leading soloists, created a Visiting Distinguished Conductor Program, recorded the ensemble’s most recent album Resurgence, commissioned three new works for the group, and is active in the development of the Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band. Under Nichols direction, the EWS has been invited to perform at major concert halls and conventions including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, 2017 NAfME All Eastern Convention, and 2017 ITG Conference.
Mr. Nichols has produced and assisted with numerous professional wind band recordings for ensembles including the Eastern Wind Symphony, Keystone Wind Ensemble, Westchester University, Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, Messiah College Wind Ensemble, and New Jersey Wind Orchestra. Mr. Nichols is an advocate for new compositions and has supported the efforts of composers in over twenty commissions including David Gillingham, John Mackey, Julie Giroux, Joe Turrin, William Ryden, Kevin Bobo, Joseph Spaniola, Eric Whitacre, Bruce Yurko, Robert Farnon, and Dana Wilson.
For the past nineteen years, Mr. Nichols’ concert, marching, and jazz ensembles have been recognized for outstanding performance at numerous local, state, and national festivals. His wind ensembles have performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Music for All National Concert Band Festival, and in the 2008 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. In addition, the Roxbury Band program was awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor in 2013. His Roxbury marching band performed at the 2014 Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Most recently Mr. Nichols was inducted into the prestigious American Bandmasters Association and American School Band Directors Association in 2016. He received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association in 2016 and NJ the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award in 2001. Mr. Nichols was featured in a 2009 spotlight article for the Instrumentalist Magazine, and has been included in the 2002 and 2004 editions of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. His professional affiliations include the NBA, WASBE, NAfME, and NJMEA.
Mr. Nichols resides in Hillsborough, NJ with his wife Beth and daughters Sarah and Emily.