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Musician First Class Nicholas R. Taylor,


MU1 Nicholas R. Taylor

Musician 1st Class Nick Taylor, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, is an active performer of many styles and idioms who joined the Navy Band in 2015 as a percussionist. His performances have been heard in parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony, New York City Ballet, Crested Butte Festival Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, Nick was a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center.

Taylor received his master’s degree at Juilliard, and his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He began his percussion training with Mark Pulice in Racine, Wisconsin, at the age of ten. Taylor was the winner of the 2011 Atlanta Snare Drum Competition and the 2009 Percussive Arts Society Snare Drum Competition and was the recipient of the Walter Rosenberger Memorial Scholarship at Juilliard. He was also a snare drummer with the Boston Crusaders and the Bluecoats, and was section leader for the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps, having won the Fred Sanford – Best Percussion trophy in 2010.

He is an avid music educator, having taught ensembles throughout the U.S. including Center Grove High School of Greenwood, Indiana and the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum & Bugle Corps. Taylor has taught at Mclean High School and George Mason University and races his cyclocross and road bikes all across the Mid-Atlantic area.