A British Columbia native Nicholas travelled to Toronto in 2009 to participate in the Yamaha All Star Band. While there he fell in love with the unique sound of the musicians in Toronto and their music. “When I went back home I quickly tracked down as many albums from Toronto I could find,” Nicholas remembers; “The Boss Brass, The Brass connection and Phil Nimmon’s band quickly became favorites.” Since this first experience he has moved to Toronto to expand his musical endeavors into the Greater Toronto area.
Nicholas has just completed his bachelor degree of applied music at Humber College. While at the school he held the Bass Trombone chair in the ‘Humber Studio Jazz Ensemble.’ Events placed him on stage with jazz legends such as Bob Mintzer, Guido Basso, Danilo Perez and Jack DeJohnette. He is a found member of ‘Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School,’ an exciting new contemporary big band led by Chelsea Mcbride that is recording their debut CD to be released in 2014. Additionally after playing with them for a year, Nicholas has recently stepped down from his position playing lead trombone with the Toronto All Star Band. He is the leader of his own ensemble, ‘The Nicholas Sieber Quartet’. Featuring some of Humber college’s best musicians this group plays a repertoire consisting of both original tunes and select standards. In addition to private instruction from William Carn and Colin Murray his studies at Humber has put him in contact with an all star faculty including Alastair Kay, Steve Crowe, and Ted Quinlan, and John Macleod.
While living in British Columbia Nicholas could be seen playing with virtually every jazz ensemble on the northern half of Vancouver Island including The Georgia Straight Big Band, The Nanaimo musician’s Association Big Band, and The Arrowsmith Big Band. While on the west coast he attended a year of post-secondary study at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC. During his studies there he received private instructing from Bass Trombonist John Capon, a veteran of the Toronto scene, and also had the opportunity to study with influential educators such as Bryan Stovell. He also has played in the orchestra for local productions of hit musicals such as ‘Seussical’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘The Producers.’