Nicholas Casillas, a graduate of UCLA, received a masters degree in music performance.
He currently teaches saxophone and clarinet at CCSM, saxophone at Cathedral City High School, woodwinds at Paul Revere Middle School, and private woodwind instruction out of his house in Rancho Cucamonga.
Nicholas currently performs with his own jazz group the Cucamonga Collective around the local area. He can be seen monthly at Canters Kibitz room with the Adam Steinberg Jazz Collective. He also is musical Director of the Allan Wasserman Jazz Ensemble which performs monthly at Pinocchios Pizza in Pasadena. Nicholas plays clarinet and soprano sax with the group Swing Riots which has performed at the Coffee Gallery and Equinox Festival in Northridge. He recently formed a saxophone quartet which looks to make its debut in the near future.
Nicholas has also premiered new music and arrangements by Matt Brown, Ben Phelps, Dante De Silva, Nick Depinna, Isaac Shankler, Paul Reale, Aaron Rothe, Adam Roberts, Allen Menton, Ben Stapp, Evren Edler, Josh Salsbury, and Joseph Trapanese.
In the past year Nicholas has performed in musicals, Bar
Mitzhvas, weddings, coffee Sshops, jazz clubs and a theatre production
about the life of the saxophonist, Sonny Rollins.