Prof. Shane Nickels

Shane Nickels (Michael Nickels)
Titles and Organizations

Adjunct Faculty, Marching PERCUSSION, Dewberry School of Music, CVPA

Contact Information

Campus: Fairfax
Building: de Laski Performing Arts Bldg
Room A417
Mail Stop: 3E3


Shane Nickels is a percussionist specializing in rudimental and orchestral percussion. Shane currently serves in The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps as a snare drum instrumentalist and as Adjunct Faculty at George Mason University. Before winning the job with the fife and drum corps, Shane also performed as a snare drummer in DCI and other professional groups including The Bluecoats, The Troopers, and the Kansas City Chiefs drumline. As an educator, Nickels was the battery instructor for The University of Kansas Marching Jayhawks for two years and has given numerous clinics to private studios, high schools, and colleges throughout the country.

In addition to rudimental percussion Nickels is an orchestral percussionist, having performed with the Debut Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Mariinsky Orchestra. He was also a fellow at Music Academy of the West studying under Mike Werner and Ted Atkatz as well as playing at the Tanglewood Music Festival.

Shane received an undergraduate and masters degree at the University of Kansas under Kevin Bobo and Ji Hye Jung. Nickels then went on to receive an artist diploma at the University of Southern California under Jim Babor and Joe Pereira of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Shane is a Tom Freer and Sabian artist.

Adjunct Faculty

  • Marching Percussion


  • BM, University of Kansas
  • MM, University of Kansas
  • Artist Diploma, University of Southern California