Winner of 2 East Coast music awards with the Jive Kings, Bob plays tuba and bass trombone with Maritime Brass Quintet and bass trombone with Symphony Nova Scotia, The Back Alley Big Band and Halifax Trombone Summit. Bob performed for five years with 'The Phantom of the Opera' in Toronto, three years as tubaist with Calgary based Foothills Brass Quintet, and for 14 summers in the pit orchestra of 'Anne of Green Gables' at the Charlottetown Festival.
As an orchestral musician Mr. Nicholson has performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Quebec Symphony, CBC Toronto Jazz Orchestra and the National Ballet Orchestra among others. Other theatre work 'in the pit' includes Toronto productions of Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Crazy for You, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, A Year with Frog and Toad at Neptune Theatre and numerous productions at the Charlottetown Festival.
Bob studied at the University of Prince Edward Island, the Orchestral Training Program at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the University of Toronto, the Banff Centre of the Arts and two beautiful summers at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He is also an avid runner who has qualified for and run the Boston Marathon twice. Bob teaches Trombone, Tuba and Euphonium at Acadia University and is a Brass Specialist for the Halifax Regional Centre of Education where he conducts the Brass Choir and Intermediate Jazz Ensemble. He also sits on the board of the Canadian Federation of Musicians, local 571.
1987 B. Mus. University of Prince Edward Island
1988 Orchestral Training Program, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto