Danny Maddox Nichols, Director of the Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band


Danny Maddox Nichols is a graduate of Miami University, cum laude, where he earned degrees in Music Education and Educational Leadership. While studying music at Miami, Mr. Nichols served as principal clarinetist of the university orchestra, wind ensemble, and chamber orchestra, appearing as a soloist with each organization. He also performed with the New Music Ensemble in the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. Mr. Nichols graduated with several honors including the A.D. Lekvold Award, the Pask Heisey Service Award, Orchestral Player Awards, and was named a University Presser Scholar by President Phillip Shriver.

Mr. Nichols attended Aiken High School in Cincinnati. During that time, he studied clarinet with Daniel Rumer, Michael Sutyak, and Carmine Campione, and was a member of the Cincinnati Youth Symphony. At the end of his senior year, Mr. Nichols was the first recipient of the “Louis E. Aiken Fine Arts Scholarship” to attend Miami University, and also received a summer scholarship to the Cincinnati Conservatory Summer Music Institute to study piano, theory, and to play clarinet in the Festival Orchestra under Rubin Sher. Mr. Nichols then attended Miami University on a music scholarship and studied clarinet with John Hardy.


Upon graduation, Mr. Nichols taught Instrumental Music, grades 5-8, and was department chair of the Fairfield Middle School. Continuing to play clarinet, he has performed with the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony, the Hamilton Municipal Band, the SOSB, and was invited to return to Miami as a guest alumni conductor with the University Wind Ensemble. Mr. Nichols also returned to campus to attend conducting workshops led by Carmen DeLeoneMr. Nichols took a short break from musical activities to become a school administrator, serving as an Assistant Principal in the Princeton City Schools, an elementary Principal in Deer Park, and then returning to Fairfield as an Assistant Principal in the building he had taught.​Upon retirement, Mr. Nichols has directed Fairfield’s Summer Community Theatre orchestra in productions of “Brigadoon” and “Seussical the Musical.” He was also director of the Post 530 American Legion Concert Band for five years. Mr. Nichols has played clarinet with the SOSB for many years and has also appeared as a soloist. In 2014, he was named Associate Conductor of the band, and in 2019 he became the third Director of the Southwestern Ohio Symphonic Band. “It’s a pleasure to conduct the SOSB and work with such dedicated people. Enjoy the concert!"