Winner of 2 East Coast music awards with the Jive Kings, Bob Nicholson is enjoying a varied and successful career. Bob recently completed three years as tubaist with the Calgary based Foothills Brass Quintet and is now playing tuba and bass trombone with Maritime Brass Quintet. Bob performed for 5 years with 'The Phantom of the Opera' in Toronto Bob 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, CBC Toronto Jazz Orchestra and the National Ballet Orchestra among others. Theatre work 'in the pit' includes Toronto productions of Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Crazy for You, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables and numerous productions at the Charlottetown Festival. Bob studied at the University of PEI, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the University of Toronto and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.  



Chamber Music:

Maritime Brass Quintet (Halifax), Tuba and Bass Trombone

Halifax Trombone Summit, Bass Trombone

Back Alley Big Band, Halifax, Bass Trombone

Booty Boppin' Brass Band, Sousaphone

Foothills Brass (Calgary), tuba and Bass Trombone

Northumberland Brass (many CBC Radio Broadcasts)

Jive Kings (ECMA award winning), Bass trombone and Tuba

Hannaford Street Silver Band (CBC TV and Radio), Euphonium and Bass Trombone


2015-2016  Neptune Theate, Halifax, A Year with Frog and Toad and Urinetown

1998-2011  Charlottetown Festival Orchestra, Anne of Green Gables, Canada Rocks, British Invasion, Buddy Holly, etc…

1993-1998  Phantom of the Opera, Toronto

1997   Banff Centre for the Arts, Opera Orchestra, Jackie O

1991-1998   Freelance work with Toronto productions of: Beauty and the Beast, Showboat, Crazy for You, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and Secret Garden

1985   Charlottetown Festival Swing Orchestra


Bass Trombonist with Symphony Nova Scotia

Freelance work with:

 Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

 Second Trombonist, Symphony Nova Scotia

 Toronto Symphony Orchestra

            National Ballet of Canada

            Hamilton Philharmonic

            Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony

            Windsor Symphony

            Niagara Symphony

            Canadian Opera Company

            Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

            Elmer Iseler Singers

            Amadeus Choir



Sept 2013-Present    Instructor of trombone, euphonium and tuba at Acadia University

Jan-May 2013   Lecturer in Brass, University of Prince Edward Island

1998-Present   Private Brass instructor

1988-Present   Brass clinician and adjudicator (Universities, music camps, schools and festivals across Canada and the US)

1996-1997   Bass Trombone/Tuba instructor, Humber College, Toronto


2015-Present      Brass Specialist, Brass Choir and Intermediate Jazz Ensemble Director, Halifax Regional Centre for Edication

Sept-Dec 2013        Music History Instructor, NSCC

Jan.-May 2013        Lecturer in Music History and Brass Techniques, University of Prince Edward Island

2002-Present     Substitute music teacher, Eastern School District, PEI and Halifax Regional School Board

1991-1993      Music Teacher (itinerant), Toronto Board of Education


2006-Present   Programming Chair, PEI Jazz and Blues Festival

2005-2007   Co-Chair, PEI Jazz and Blues Festival

2004-2010   Music copyist, Charlottetown Festival

2000-2002   Organized several fundraisers with the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, PEI Chapter, raising in excess of $10,000

2000-2001   Co-Chair Classical/Jazz Stage at ECMA 2001

1999-2002    Manager, ECMA winning Jive Kings (including grant submissions, booking agent, publicity, tour manager, and bookkeeping)

1996-1998   Toronto Theatre Musicians Association, board member

1996-1998   Toronto Musicians Association Theatre Advisory Committee

1997    Ontario Workers Safety Theatre Committee



1992-1993   Graduate work at University of Toronto (Masters in Performance)

1990 & 1991   Scotia Festival of Music, Halifax

1987-1988   Orchestral Training Program, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto

1986 & 1987   Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California

1987   Bachelor of Music (Education), University of Prince Edward Island

Principal Teachers:

Murray Crewe, University of Toronto

Keith Brown, Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara, California

James Montgomery, University of Prince Edward Island

Timothy Skeldon, University of Prince Edward Island

Gregory Irvine, Private Study

Lessons and Master Classes:

Alain Trudel (trombone soloist, conductor), David Finlayson (New York Philharmonic), Doug Sparks (Vancouver Symphony), Peter Sullivan (Montreal Symphony), Frank Harmantis (Toronto Symphony), Jamie Somerville (Boston Symphony), Roger Bobo (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Joe Alessi (New York Philharmonic)