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Nick Vlandis

Nicholas has spent his the majority of his time since graduating from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities on better understanding what moves music forward. While there, he became engulfed in playing jazz and ultimately knew that his life would be spent exploring the newfound genre, and continuing to dissect what allows music to morph and grow. During his senior year he began playing piano in both the school’s jazz quintet and big band. Nicholas initially enrolled at Furman University under a trumpet scholarship, but ultimately found his passion to be behind a keyboard. While at Furman he was placed into the both the big band and a combo as a pianist. In 2015 he moved back to his birth city, Myrtle Beach, and found himself studying with Matthew White at Coastal Carolina University. While there Nicholas played trumpet in some of the university ensembles and was placed into the CCU Jazz Combo I to continue his growth on piano. After a year of playing around Greenville and Myrtle Beach, Nicholas found his home in Columbia at the University of South Carolina where he classically studies under Phillip Bush, and will be completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies under Bert Ligon.