Born in LA, Nick’s life changed dramatically at six when his family moved north, settling down by a river out in the country on the outskirts of Crescent City, deep in the heart of the Redwoods near the Pacific Ocean and Oregon border.
Nick joined band in fourth grade on cornet, switching to trumpet and tenor sax in high school. He studied music at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara, then band instrument repair back east, returning to Santa Barbara in 1974 as a repair tech at La Grandeur Music.
The store changed hands in 1984 and Nick, not caring for the new owner, started Nick Rail Music right across the street in 1986.
Nick lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Lisa; they have a Welsh terrier named Wallie.
“It’s wonderful having a job where the work is helping people play and enjoy music. How cool is that?”
Nick Rail Music, established in Santa Barbara, California in 1986, provides band and orchestral instruments to both the school market and the private or professional musician. Our percussion department covers concert, marching and drum set. We also carry acoustic guitars, electric guitars and basses, digital keyboards, sound reinforcement, and related combo products. We live music!