A native of Los Angeles, California, Nick D'Amico's music training began when he was four years old
and took him
world of jazz at the age of nine. Nick was born to Nicola D'Amico and Teresa
Tirelli, both professional opera
of note and prominent in the Italian American community.
Nick D'Amico (Nicola Marcello D'Amico) became
member of the Musicians Union AFM Local 47 in
Los Angeles at the age of 15 and graduated from Hollywood
High School with a background in
choral music and instrumental music as a young composer, pianist, woodwind player and
the direction of Bob
Williams. Nick attended LACC, studied with Bob
MacDonald and played in the LACC studio
band. He attended UCLA on a film scoring scholarship
and, as a composition major, received opportunities to score
for large orchestra during his 11 years
at the Westwood campus. His talent was recognized early in his career and
he is well known in the
world of recording.
As a session player, either as a musician and/or singer, D'Amico performed on hits for artists
("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"), David Clayton Thomas, many tracks for the late
Gottfried, and other producers of note. In 1972, Nick D'Amico wrote music for a Rock
Opera entitled "Walking in My Time". The Production, a controversial
musical protest of
Vietnam war, premiered in May of 1972 in San Francisco at the On Broadway Theatre. Pro-war
gave mixed reviews of the show
although raving about the music score, with the exception of Herb
Caen, who called the music "unfailingly beautiful". But the show would become a hit because of its
and anti-war theme (every night the audience signed a
protest letter to Nixon to stop the war).
As well as the show was
doing, the Vietnam War was very unpopular and the show closed when the
war ended twelve weeks later.
In 1973, D'Amico wrote his first classical concerto for piano and orchestra. The work is entitled
D'Amico continued recording and doing live performances both as a player and a singer. He started
his own local LA
group and played the
nightclub circuit in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Reno and Tahoe.
Nick also worked with his good
friend Kenny Davis, traveling to Texas to perform for
only audiences in Dallas and other major cities.
also did gigs with Buddy Rich, Peter Marshall,
Andy Williams and other
In 1980, Nick met his soon to be wife, Diane Burt, and not long afterward began arranging for
The Caroling Company,
an a cappella vocal ensemble, ultimately destined to promote the wonderful
Alfred Burt Christmas Carols. Alfred Burt
was Diane's father and Nick immediately fell in love with
Mr. Burt's carols, "little masterpieces". Many of Nick's
Christmas arrangements were featured on
television and films, including "Deck The Halls", a four part invention he
wrote for the opening
credits of The Addams Family (1991) movie with Raul Julia and Angelica Huston.