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Nicholas V. Holland III, PhD

Associate Professor of Music, Associate Director of Bands
Whittington Hall 101B
Phone: 843-863-7962
Fax: 843-863-7396

Nicholas Holland

Associate Director of Bands, Director of Athletic Bands, Instrumental Curriculum Coordinator


Dr. Nicholas V. Holland, III is the Associate Director of Bands and Director of Athletic Bands at Charleston Southern University, and is currently serving as Area Coordinator of Instrumental Studio and Music Appreciation. At Charleston Southern, he directs the Pride of the Lowcountry marching band and the 6th Man Band basketball pep band. He is musical director and conductor of the CSU Symphonic Band, assistant conductor of the CSU Wind Ensemble and the South Carolina Youth Wind Symphony, and teaches courses in Conducting and in Music Appreciation.

He holds BM and MM degrees in music education from East Carolina University and the PhD in music education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He maintains membership in NAfME, CBDNA, SCMEA, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and Sigma Alpha Iota as a “Friend of the Arts.” His research on noise exposure in collegiate bands has been published in UPDATE: Applications for Research in Music Education, and his articles on percussion pedagogy and instrumental music education have been published in Percussive Notes, and Keynotes online magazine.

Dr. Holland recently conducted the premier of Ruth, a one-act opera composed by Dr. Richard Pressley. He presented research on noise exposures in athletic bands at the CBDNA Southern Division conference and the Georgia Music Educators Association annual conference. Additionally, he presented sessions in percussion pedagogy from a conductor’s perspective at the Texas Music Educators Association and the South Carolina Music Educators Association annual conventions. Dr. Holland served on the staff of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band in 2012 and 2013 as the piccolo/clarinet instructor, and served as the Lead Director for the band in 2014 and 2015. He marched with the 1985 Bridgemen from Bayonne, NJ and the Sky Ryders from Hutchinson, KS from 1986-1988, reaching finals each year and placing 10th in the individual marimba competition.

Additionally, he instructed the front ensemble for the Sky Ryders in 1989. He is an active percussionist and performs frequently with orchestras, community bands, and praise bands including the North Charleston Pops! Orchestra and the Charleston Wind Symphony. He is an active adjudicator and clinician of marching and concert ensembles throughout the country. He resides in Mount Pleasant, SC with his wife Karen, their children Nicholas and Caroline, and their Boston Terriers Otis and Lexi.


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