Noted performances include playing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Broad Stage Celebrity Opera Recitals, MUSE/IQUE, Pasadena Master Chorale, Pete Myers Orchestra, Frank Stallone, Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Buddy Rich Band, Disneyland Band and early music ensembles Tesserae, San Diego Bach Collegium,Tenet and Dark Horse Consort.

Nicholas attended Oberlin Conservatory to study with James DeSano, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. Subsequently, he moved to Los Angeles, attending the University of Southern California for a Master of Music degree. He maintains a private teaching studio in addition to work with the Oakwood Brass Outreach Project, Harmony Project, and Idyllwild Arts Academy.