Nick Costa

Born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, a suburb of Philadelphia, Nick began playing drums at the age of nine through his schools music program. With a sincere passion for playing music, his parents decided to sign him up for private lessons at the age of eleven with local musician Patrick O’Shea.

As Nick’s musical experience progressed, he performed in all the ensembles in school ranging from concert band to jazz band. Finally at the age of fifteen, Nick began studying with his future mentor, clinician/educator Marc Dicciani. From there, Nick attended the University of the Arts where he studied with Jimmy Paxson SR, Marc Dicciani and Erik Johnson.

Nick has been actively performing around the Philadelphia region at venues including: The Trocadero, The TLA, North Star Bar, Crocodile Rock Café (Allentown, PA), The Note in West Chester PA, the Kimmel Center’s 1,800 seat Merriam Theater, and more.

Currently Nick is performing with Philadelphia’s Indie Rock group Modern Suits and The George Weldon Jazz Trio. Before joining Modern Suits, Nick was in Practically Single, a pop/punk quintet based out of Philadelphia. While in Practically Single, Nick had the opportunity to share the stage with such pop/punk greats like All Time Low, Quietdrive, I Am The Avalanche, Rookie of the Year, Saosin, Innerpartysystem, Eye Alaska, Disco Curtis, and more.


Endorsed my MCD Percussion, a custom drum boutique based out of Philadelphia, PA specializing in solid shell domestic and exotic woods. Custom MCD Percussion Solid Shell Maple Kit orange flake with offset tube lugs (depth X diameter) 18X22 Kick 7x12 Rack Tom 12X14 Floor Tom 14X16 Floor Tom 7X14 Solid Hickory Snare Drum Tama Starclassic Performer (Birch) 18X22 kick 8X10 rack tom 10X12 rack tom 12X14 floor tom 16X16 floor tom (used as a bass drum for small group gigs) 5.5X14 yamaha beech wood snare with maple wood hoops Ride Cymbals 24" Zildjian K Light Ride 22" Sabian HHX Legacy Heavy Ride (Ideal for Big Band) 21" Zildjian A Sweet Ride 20" Sabian HHX Manhattan Jazz Ride w/ 3 split rivits Crashes: 20" Zildjian oriental crash of doom (occasionally used as a ride for small groups) 20" Zildjian A Custom Crash 18" Zildjian A Custom Crash 17" Zildjian A Custom Crash Hi-Hats: 14" Zildjian A Custom Mastersound Hi-Hats 14" Zildjian A new beat hi-hats 14" K hi-hat top (interchangeable with other hi-hats) 14" A custom hi-hat top (interchangeable with other hi-hats)


Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Teaching kids and adults the fundamentals of playing the drums including technique, reading music, proper approach to the drum set, setting up the drum set, and drum maintenance. Along with the fundamentals, I also teach students how to play various styles ranging from Rock, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Afro- Cuban, and more both stylistically correct and musically.

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