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Faculty & Staff

Todd Nichols
Director of University Bands and Athletic Bands; Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Music Education/Conducting
Degrees & Accomplishments
DMA in Conducting, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
MA in Conducting, Messiah College
BA in Music, The College of New Jersey
Elected to American Bandmasters Association/American School Band Directors Association
NBA Citation of Excellence 2015, Grammy National Music Educator Award, Quarter Finalist

Todd Nichols is Associate Director of University Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Rutgers University. Nichols serves regularly as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and recording producer. Nichols is an advocate for new compositions supporting the efforts of composers in over 20 commissions including David Gillingham, John Mackey, Julie Giroux, Joe Turrin, William Ryden, Kevin Bobo, Joseph Spaniola, Eric Whitacre, Bruce Yurko, and Dana Wilson.

Nichols' ensembles have been recognized for outstanding performance at numerous local, state, and national festivals. His Roxbury High School Wind Symphony performed at Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 National Concert Band Festival and 2008 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. His Roxbury band was awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor in 2013 and performed at the 2014 Super Bowl with Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

As artistic director for the Eastern Wind Symphony, Nichols conducted highly acclaimed performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, created an annual guest artist and conductor program, recorded the ensemble's two most recent albums Resurgence and Elements, and commissioned six new works. Under his direction, the symphony has been invited to perform at major conventions including the 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, 2017 NAfME All Eastern Convention, 2017 International Trumpet Guild Conference, 2019 Northeast Horn Workshop, and 2019 Association for Concert Bands National Convention. Nichols serves as assistant conductor for the Garden State Symphonic Band.

Nichols is published in The Conductor's Companion 100 Rehearsal Techniques: Imaginative Ideas, Quotes, and Facts. He was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association and American School Band Directors Association in 2016, and received the NBA Citation of Excellence and the NJ Governor's Teacher Recognition Award.