Educational Sales Rep
My name is Rick Nicholson. I'm the School Service Representative in Northern Colorado. Based out of the Fort Collins Music & Arts on Harmony road, I service the Poudre, Thompson, Greeley/Evans school districts, as well as the districts serving the communities of Estes Park, Wellington, Ault, Severance, Windsor, Eaton, Johnstown, Milliken, Ft Morgan, Brush, Sterling, Haxtun, and Holyoke.
I was born and raised in Englewood, where I started my musical career in the Englewood Public schools as a fourth grade violist. Eventually I switched to tuba and added bass. I attended Englewood High school where I played both bass and tuba in the marching band, jazz band, orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, pit orchestras, and as a rhythm section player for the jazz and pops choirs. Upon graduation from high school, I moved to Grand Junction and studied Electronic Tech and Music Education at Mesa State College.
I started with Music & Arts in 1997 as the Denver warehouse & distribution manager and in 2000, I took on the responsibility of Affiliate Representative for Colorado. In the spring of 2001, I became the Ed Rep for the North Denver/Boulder area, where I served the school music programs of 10 different school districts From Englewood, Littleton and Jeffco to Longmont and Loveland. In the fall of 2012, after a little over eleven years on the road, the idea of staying in one place all day started to interest me, so I made the move to the retail storefront as manager of our Littleton, CO location. In February of 2018, the opportunity to hit the road again as a school service rep for Northern Colorado came my way and I decided to go back to doing what I love the most, helping make music educators jobs easier while helping them stretch their budget.
I still play bass and tuba regularly with various area groups. I play on an Kay Double Bass built in 1952 while my main electric bass rig is a Warwick Corvette 5 string fretless bass through an Ampeg SVT-3 Pro amp and SVT-410 Classic cabinet. My tuba is a Conn 24J, 4 short action offset valves, 6/4 size recording tuba, and my Sousaphone is a King by H.N. White.
Please call or stop by with any questions or needs. I look forward to helping you make music!
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