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Drummer \ Web Designer


Greater Los Angeles Area

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Drummer \ Web Designer


Greater Los Angeles Area


About nick


Drummer

 
As a DCI World Champion, WGI World Champion, graduate of Arizona State University with a BM in Jazz Performance, and a sought after professional freelance artist/clinician in eleven countries from three continents, Nick is an active player in today's music industry.
 
 

SOME NOTABLE EMPLOYERS:

 

Web Designer


 
Arocho Design- logo
 


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Drummer


Jazz, funk, pop, rock, reggae, latin, soul, blues & more.  

Drummer


Jazz, funk, pop, rock, reggae, latin, soul, blues & more.  


It's All About the Groove



Highlighted Skills

  • Jazz (All styles. ie: swing, bebop, waltz, big band, up tempo swing, etc.)
  • Sight Reading
  • Brushes
  • Funk / Soul / R & B
  • Latin (All styles. ie: salsa, samba, afro-cuban, bossa nova, son, merengue, cumbia, etc.)
  • Recording w/ click track
  • Rudimental
  • Odd-Meter
  • Improvisation in all above styles

Jazz

The Mountain Sky Jr. High jazz band was Nick's debut ensemble as a drummer. From a young age he was exposed to the intricacies of big band drumming and the seemingly simple yet deeply complex idea of the word "groove". He took it upon himself to elevate his studies with private instructor Gary Geynor, and years later successfully auditioned for the elite youth ensemble Young Sounds of Arizona directed by Barb Catlin. Barb was a huge influence to the up-and-coming musicians of her group, which led to Nick studying privately with groove master Dom Moio for nearly a decade, earning a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance at Arizona State (under the direction of the jazz giant Michael Kocour), and performing with the paramount jazz ensembles the Valley of the Sun had to offer.

Funk / Soul

Simultaneously, Nick grew up with parents who were deeply influenced by Motown, R & B, funk, and soul. So it wasn't much of a surprise when his parents found Nick digging through their records of James Brown, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jackson 5, Earth Wind & Fire, Parliament, and countless more. Young Arocho was captivated by the driving lock the drummer held on these recordings, and it's had a hold of him ever since.

Latin

Like a perfectly blended batch of salsa, Nick's blood is seasoned with a small but fiery pinch of Latin spice. His Puerto Rican last name, Arocho, is inherited by his 1/2 Italian and 1/2 Puerto Rican father Angelo. While he never met his father's Puerto Rican patriarchal side of the family, Nick grew up with an eerily fond obsession for latin music. Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, Trio da Paz, Paco de Lucia, Santana, Joao Gilberto, Rebeca Mauleón, and El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico plagued his growing music collection and his evolving personal drumming style.

The ASU Latin Jazz Band (led by Dom Moio) was the perfect outlet for Nick to let loose his "inner Latino fuego". Over two years, he played not only drum set for the band, but also congas, bongos, timbales, cajon, auxiliary percussion toys, and his favorite: the cowbell. Dom Moio's passion and authentic education in latin percussion had a profound impact on Nick's studies. During his decade of guided study with Moio, Nick learned the patterns, techniques, and grooves associated with the many various percussion instruments heard in Latin music.

Reggae / Rock

Though many of his friends teased him for his "old person" taste in music, Nick was inevitably exposed to popular music of the late '90's and early 2000's. Among the great music of this time, Arocho was drawn to the deep, funky, rhythmic, smooth, and easy going sounds of reggae music. He started listening where most reggae fans start: Bob Marley & the Wailers. Like most of the rest of his generation, he also fell in love with reggae/rock/surf/punk group Sublime. He eventually met Carter Brown and Brogan Boyd, who shared similar tastes in music, and his first reggae/rock band, "Cashed" was formed in 2006 when he was 16. Nick continued to gig, record, and jam with his band (who eventually rebranded themselves as "The Hard Eights") through late 2013.

Classical / Contemporary

A well-rounded musician appreciates all styles of music, including classical, which is often overlooked by the developing musical youth of our current generation. Though Nick didn't gravitate towards classical music in the beginning of his musical beginnings due to his heavy jazz and funk listening habits, his high school music program forced him to explore the amazing creativity and passionate compositions of the mastermind's like Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss, Chopin, and Debussy (to name a select few).

While attending the ASU school of music, Nick took many required music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology courses that opened his eyes to the endless archives of music's past and the brilliant masterpieces that he can now respect, admire, and genuinely enjoy.

This goes without mentioning since the age of 17 Nick was competing in the Drum Corps International circuit and collecting invaluable experience reading difficult time signatures, blistering tempos, complex polyrhythms, dynamics, and learning how to dissect music to its rawest form... all while running across a football field with a drum strapped to his body.



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Educator


From local private lessons to international mass clinics.

Educator


From local private lessons to international mass clinics.


Private Lessons


Home Studio

Since he was 16 years old, Nick has been teaching private lessons from his home studio. His students range from a variety of ages and skill levels; from 5 to 85, from absolute beginner to seasoned expert. 

Drum set students are exposed to a complete span of styles, techniques, reading skills and rudiments, while learning the necessary fundamentals to achieve their desired results.

Hand percussion students learn a variety of patterns, techniques, and grooves on instruments such as: cajon, bongos, congas, djembe, and auxiliary percussion.

Rudimental students learn the essential basics of their hands and feet that undermine all facets/styles of drumming.

Drumline Tech


College / High School

After accumulating years of experience performing and competing with the world's best drumlines, Nick is driven to pass on his knowledge and proven methods to marching percussion students of all scholastic levels.

Most recently, Nick worked as a drumline technician for the Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band for the fall seasons of '12 and '13, and the WGI Independent World winter season of '13.

In addition, he has been employed by multiple high school marching band programs, including 5 years as the percussion caption head at his alma mater, Thunderbird High School.

Guest Clinician


U.S. / International

Nick's passion for music education has provided him with the opportunity to travel the world with the vision of inspiring the youth of various cultures to bind the dynamic human condition through music.

In conjunction with the Blue Devil's "One Music, One World" campaign, Arocho has participated as a clinician in three continents, including Europe, Asia, and the United States.

While the language barrier is often the most cumbersome challenge, it has provided Nick with a widened perspective, understanding, and appreciation for the many possible ways students can receive information and learn new concepts.



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What's Goin' On?


Well, a lot! Connect via social media to keep in touch.

What's Goin' On?


Well, a lot! Connect via social media to keep in touch.