From Andrew Nicklas,
“As a young child, I would always rush to the hulking piano at grandma’s house, and I am here to share the love of music that she shared with me.
In fourth grade, I started out with snare drum through Braintree’s school music program. By sixth grade, my father had bought me a drum set and I could be found in the basement playing along to Beatles and Moody Blues records. In High School, while playing percussion in Concert Band and Orchestra, I was accepted to play drums in the jazz band under the tutelage of Charles Schaffer. Here my eyes and ears were opened to the beautiful language of jazz improvisation. Concurrently, I was asked to join Michoacán, drumming for a rock band embracing the grunge sound of the early 90’s. During my college years at UMass Amherst, my funk drumming skills were sharpened while performing with Hot Dang! Post college, group songwriting skills came into play while drumming with the avant-garde stylings of The Love’n’Tug and The Wet Look. Switching instruments, I started laying down thick bass lines and synth sounds for the Consensuals, an original hyper-sweat-rock outfit. Alas, the drums roots are deep within me, and I started again with the sticks playing with Aeolian Race, a Doom influenced noise core trio that played countless shows east of the Mississippi. I also sat in on drums with Palace in Thunderland for a brief spell and played steel guitar and lead banana with Venus in Furs. My squeezebox chops came into play with Fingerblaster, the penultimate accordion based late 80’s hip hop cover band. I also was lucky to play keys in the Americana inspired Cowboys Are Special and guitar in The Braintree Split. Back to the drums, I joined Friends Of Harvey, Boston’s Un-cover Band, starting as a 3 piece and ending as a 9 piece covering countless crowd pleasing hits. I spent some time crafting blues-rock grooves on the skins for The Mid-night Ramblers. Being a longtime drummer, the banjo naturally called out to me. I feel very fortunate to play banjo, as well as mandolin and accordion, in The Old Oaken Bucket Band, a bluegrassy barn burning conglomerate. I also cover the piano and horn arrangements for Little Miss and the Boom, an electro-swing rockabilly quintet.
All those gigs, unfortunately, don’t pay the bills. I worked for a couple years with Spencer Organ Co. tuning, rebuilding and repairing massive pipe organs around the country. In 2000, I attended the North Bennet Street School and became a Piano Technician doing business as Andy’s Piano Service since 2001. I apprenticed for the Steinway Sponsored Aspen Music Festival and learned the old world skill of aural piano tuning. I have worked with most of the piano dealers in New England, have several schools and universities, commercial accounts, recording studios and private residences as clients. I have tuned on many stages for countless musical greats. I have been truly blessed to have earned all my dollars maintaining other musicians pianos.
My nearest and dearest musical journey now is with Wildfamily, teaching my daughters the joy of music. It is an overwhelming feeling watching my daughters grow as musicians. I feel my job with them, as well as others, is to just touch the spark of creativity within all of us.”
Andrew also has his own Piano Tuning business and is available for hire! Please contact him at Andy’s Piano Service 617.605.1133