Mr. Nichols began a long career of involving boys and girls in Drum Corps in 1935 with the Boys and Girls Clubs of New York and Brooklyn. He was a drummer for Thunderbolt of New York City. Uncle Nick was the Quartermaster for both the Washington Carver Gay Blades and the Long Island Sunrisers. He taught Marching and Maneuvering for the Boys and Girls Club, Lark of Brooklyn, St. Peter’s Church, Hudson Ave. Boys Club, Thunderbolts, Carver Gay Blades, and the Sunrisers.