MUCS Brian Nichols joined the U.S. Coast Guard Band in 2003 and was named Principal Horn in 2005.
Over his career, MUCS Nichols has performed in nearly every state in the U.S., in addition to appearances in Canada, England, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, and Japan. Prior to joining the U.S. Coast Guard Band, Brian served in the U.S. Army Band at West Point from 1998 to 2002. He is an alumnus of the Chautauqua Music Festival and Brevard Music Center. He is a past winner of concerto competitions at Brevard Music Center, the Florida West Coast Youth Symphony, and the Southeast Horn Workshop. MUCS Nichols has been a guest artist and clinician at universities all across the country and at numerous workshops including the Southeast Horn Workshop, the Northeast Women’s Brass Conference, The VCU Brass Fest, and the Northeast Horn Workshop. As a soloist, Brian was featured in 2008 on the USCG Band’s tour of the southeast United States performing Camille Saint-Saens’ Morceau de Concert. In 2009, he led the Horn section as featured soloists in Richard Schumann’s Konzerstucke.
Notable engagements throughout his professional career include performances with the Boston Symphony, July 4th concerts with the New York Philharmonic, the Smothers Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Kevin Eubanks, Anne Murray, Dudley Moore, Mitch Miller, and the Irish Tenors. Brian holds a B.A. in Music from Florida State University where his instructor was Dr. William Capps. He has also recently studied horn with members of the Boston Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, and Dale Clevenger of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Aside from playing Horn, MUCS Nichols is in charge of the USCG Band’s Finance and Supply office. He is also a graduate of the Coast Guard’s Chief Petty Officer’s Academy Class CLI and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course as well as an Indoctrinated Chief. He is married with 3 children and enjoys skiing, camping, and mountain biking.