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.
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!
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!
Vic Firth recently started their video feature – “The Shed Sessions” were people could submit videos playing along to a track that would be pieced together with a performance from Gerald Heyward. I submitted a video, which is featured on Vic Firth’s website for the week!
Although updates have been sparse, there’s a good reason for it. I’ve been busy with a few things – teaching at Villanova, performing, and a few other things. This update will allow you to catch up with what I’ve been doing.
Teaching – We were able to start a bucket drum ensemble at Villanova! The director of music activities asked if I would be interested in starting a percussion ensemble, and I was honored he asked. Instead of creating a traditional ensemble with standard percussion equipment, I gave the idea to begin one where students could play on buckets, trash cans, and other non-traditional musical instruments. After a few months of organizing, rehearsing, etc, the students were able to perform at their spring concert back in April along with a T-shirt fundraiser for the band program. The students had a blast, and I cannot wait to continue with the students there! This has also open the door for me to assist with a course for Villanova’s Summer Music Program! The course will be June 29 – July 3rd on Alternative Ensembles in the educational environment, and will be facilitated by my good friend Jason Chuong. Jason will be talking about various ways to bring alternative ensembles to the classroom, and I will be there for the last three days to help out. The course counts for graduate level credit, and is a great way for music educators to continue their studies!
The reason I’ll only be at the last 3 days of the Villanova workshop is because I’ve also been asked to facilitate a workshop for the President of the United States’ Arts and Humanities committee “Turnaround:Arts” initiative! Turnaround:Arts was an initiative started by the President’s Arts and Humanities committee that uses the arts to increase student engagement and learning environment in some of the most poverty stricken schools in the country. I’ll be teaching a workshop on bucket drumming on June 30th during their summer workshop to show administrators and teachers from throughout the country how bucket drumming can be used in the learning environment. Also, a huge thank you to Vic Firth, Remo Drumheads, and Master Crafted Drums for allowing me to represent their companies at the workshop.
Now on to some fun stuff – Along with my recent endorsement with Vic Firth, I’ve also been recently added to the Remo educational roster! It’s a dream come true to be able to represent the drumhead company that I’ve always trusted from the beginning of my drumming journey, and cannot be more excited to have them, Vic Firth, and Master Crafted Drums on my side. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Bruce at Remo for welcoming me to the Remo family!
Speaking of Vic Firth – the crew over at Vic were able to take my favorite stick, the F1, and put my signature on them! Pretty neat to look down and see your name on a stick. Also, keep an eye out for something really cool coming out sometime this week on the Vic Firth website!