Sergeant Nicholas Tolman was raised in American Falls, Idaho, USA. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Idaho State University and went on to teach middle school and high school band at Rocky Mountain Middle and High School in Cowley, Wyoming. In 2015 he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a military musician and has previously been stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He has experience performing in the Idaho Falls Symphony and has also shared the stage with Andy Martin and Denis DiBlasio. Sergeant Tolman serves in the SHAPE International Band as a trombonist in the NATO Jazz Orchestra and the NATO Brass Ambassadors, and as vocalist, guitarist, and leader of the NATO Unplugged acoustic combo.