I hope you had enough time to check out the new nickcostamusic.com . I wanted to check in and give you a few updates to what is going on.
I’m excited to announce that I am now an Educational Clinician for Conn-Selmer, and a proud endorser of Ludwig-Musser percussion! After talking to the folks at Conn-Semer at the winter NAMM show in January, we mutually agreed to a partnership. Conn-Selmer is noticing a shift in percussion studies more towards drum-set in education, and although there’s a lengthly artist roster for Ludwig, their educational clinician focus more on traditional percussion. Being that I’m primarily drum set, we have decided to partner up to educate students and fellow educators on drum set studies.
I’m excited for this new venture in my career, and will be sharing all of the updates with you!
Make sure to keep checking out the site for product reviews, and clinic dates in the near future.
It has been quite some time, and A LOT has been happening. First off, welcome to the new site. Take a look around, check out the new pages – especially the STORE, where you can get drum accessories, lessons, and music!
Since the last update in November, I’ve been continuing to play with George Weldon and his various Jazz Ensembles, along with regularly playing at Valley Point Church with their worship team.
Another year in the books teaching for the School District of Philadelphia, where we were able to start rebuilding the program at School of the Future with a Drumline and “Modern Band” (think show/cover band), and we started a music program at Southern! The Drumline was able to learn 5 cadences in a few short months, and was able to play various school events including Southern’s 2016 Graduation! Finally, the students at FLC continue to impress, as they are now apart of one of the top programs in the district. The Modern Band was featured on NBC 10 for the grant they received from Little Kids Rock, and even performed at the BEACHGLOW concert in Wildwood, NJ back in July!
At UArts, I taught RUMBLE, the alternative bucket drum ensemble. Students performed over 15 performances throughout the greater Philadelphia area, including a major event down at Independence Mall.
Oh, and VILLANOVA WON THE NCAA BASKETBALL TITLE!
But wait, it’s not over yet – I just finished as the Teaching Assistant for all Music Technology courses offered at UArts Summer Music Studies this summer. Hosted at Villanova, UArts offered various courses in Logic X, Pro Tools, Audacity, and Web-based programs, which Music Educators could take for Act-48 credits, or for credits towards their masters degrees.
So yes, it’s been crazy – but that’s a great thing when you’re involved with music. Just a few more weeks of summer before it all picks up again – starting with Music Camp at Villanova.
If you’re in the Glen Mills area, come by Valley Point this Sunday, August 7th and worship with us! I’ll be on drums, and details are on the DATES Page.
A lot has been going on since the last update. The beginning of another school year at the School District of Philadelphia, Villanova University, and the University of the Arts. There have been plenty of dates performed with George Weldon and his Jazz Ensembles, Nicole Tranquillo in Atlantic City, and even various recording sessions and musicals including Anything Goes!
Coming up to the holiday season, I’m gearing up for Winter Concert season with all my schools in the School District of Philadelphia. Villanova is transitioning from Football to Basketball season, and Rumble is performing more events than ever before. There are plenty of upcoming shows as well, so make sure you check the Dates page!
Other than that, I’ll be at NAMM again – so if you’re there make sure to say hi!
Here’s a quick summer update. As mentioned in the last update, I helped the University of the Arts Summer Music Program, where I assisted with any tech support needed at Ursinus College for the first week, then was a Teaching Assistant for the next three weeks at Villanova. It was a blast meeting with other Music Teachers from the area (and some as far as Nevada!) and hearing about their stories.
Speaking of Technology, I also became certified in K-12 Technology for the state of Pennsylvania! Now I’m dual certified in both K-12 Music, and K-12 Technology, allowing me to teach either Music, Technology, or a combination of both in PA public schools.
As for performing – I continued to play with Nicole Tranquillo and Company in Atlantic City, as well as with George Weldon and some of his Jazz ensembles. I also had a few recording sessions with Chad Jenkins, and more.
Finally – I’m excited to announce that I’m apart of the Big Fat Snare Drum family! Back at UArts, we use to turn old/used snare heads upside down to create a fat 70s snare, but after seeing the BFSD I had to give them a try. I was lucky enough to get the Steve’s Donut, and Snarebourine Donut both in 14″ and man are they fun! Although they are marketed to be used on snare drums, I had fun messing around placing them on toms, and even the Snarebourine donut on the Hi-Hats (Great for some effect hats!). It’s a great way to get that fat 70s snare sound without the need to retuning your snare between songs, or carrying two snares with you! Check out the Links page for a link to their site and pick one up for yourself!
Well that’s all for now, keep checking the Dates page for performances and dates with Villanova drumline!
It’s almost Summer! Not only does that mean warmer weather, but it also means more shows and teaching endeavors!
There have been a handful of dates added to the calendar, most of which are with Nicole Tranquillo and company in Atlantic City. We will be back there June 5th and 6th, so if you’re down the Jersey Shore, make sure you come by! All other dates throughout the summer, including some in the Philadelphia area, are posted on the Dates page. Pictured above is my new acrylic kit I’ll be using with Nicole and Co. in AC – Clear acrylic with custom LEDs wired by yours truly. Edges and Assembly by myself and Mike from MCD! Sizes are 24,13,16,18(not pictured).
Along with the shows, I’ve been asked to assist with a few courses during the University of the Arts Summer Music Studies program this summer! I’ll be assisting Mike Fein in his 3 technology courses at Villanova University. You may also see me around Ursinus College assisting the faculty with their courses during the first week of the program. Click the link above to get a list of available courses!
It’s with great pleasure that I can announce that I am now a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts ! I’m beyond excited to head back to my alma matter to teach and help breed the new generation of artists. I’ll be teaching RUMBLE, the alternative bucket drum ensemble, which consists of various majors throughout the University.
Along with this new position, I will still be continuing with Villanova University as their Percussion Director, and The School District of Philadelphia.
Keep an eye out here for more details on performances in the near future!
If I had to sum up 2014 in one word, it would be WOW.
But since I can sum it up in more than one word, here’s the elongated version.
2014 has been a great one for me. It was the first year where I wasn’t a full time band member for any particular band(s). With over 50 gigs, too many private lessons to count, an offer to be the drummer on a national broadway tour, and my first year as a clinician (one of them for the President’s arts and humanities committee) I think it’s safe to say 2014 was a great year for me as a musician, and educator. I also had the honor of becoming a new member of Vic Firth and Remo’s artist rosters!
I’m very excited to see what 2015 brings. First gig of 2015 will be January 2nd in Atlantic City with Nicole Tranquillo, and additional dates are already posted on the Dates page. I’ll also be out in Los Angeles Jan 16 – 21st, and Anaheim Jan 22nd – 26th for the NAMM show. Looking forward to meeting up with friends both old and new.
There’s more news on the horizon – but I’ll save that for another post.
Hope everyone has had a happy and successful 2014. See you in 2015!
Just wanted to post about some more exciting things happening!
First off – I’ve been getting a few extra gigs than usual with the jazz trio, as well as with Nicole Tranquillo in Atlantic City, and as a gun for hire with churches and groups throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. Make sure you check out the Dates page for the most recent schedule!
As we’re moving into fall, we’re winding down Football season and getting ready for Basketball season with Villanova! This Friday is the Hoops Mania pep-rally where I’ll be with the Pep-Band to get the students ready for the Basketball season.
Also, I was invited to an event hosted by Vic Firth, Remo, and Zildjian in NYC in November! I’m excited to the teams at Vic and Remo and thank them for their support, as well as re-connect with some of the folks at Zildjian!
NAMM,NAMM,NAMM – I’m going, are you? (More details on that later)
It’s that time of the year – and what an exciting year it will be!
The school year has just begun for the School District of Philadelphia, and I’m excited to start my second year as a Percussion/Drum teacher. I will be entering some new schools, and returning to a few from last year. This year will be an exciting, yet challenging one as I prepare to teach not only basic concert band percussion and drum set, but also latin percussion.
In August, I began my second year with Villanova University’s band, and what a great start it has been! We had five members of the drum line graduate, and received five incoming Freshmen who are great additions to the group. We had our first performance at last Saturday’s Football game against Fordham University, and they did a phenomenal job. I’ll be with the group for all Villanova home football games and any other performances that may pop up, so check out my DATES page for details and come say hi!
Over the summer I began performing with singer Nicole Tranquillo in Atlantic City for her performances at Tango’s Lounge in the Tropicana Casino. She has asked for me to continue with the new dates for the Fall, one of which is Halloween night. Make sure you visit the DATES page for details!