Nick Drozdoff is leading a double life, and has been doing so for as long as he can remember. While he majored in Electrical Engineering (graduating from Washington University with a BSEE), he continued his music studies playing trumpet in churches and big bands in the Saint Louis area. After settling in Chicago to work at Motorola he began playing in rehearsal bands around the Chicago area and playing at churches. He ultimately quit his job as a junior design engineer to pursue a career as a free-lance studio musician.
In 1980, he received a call from Stu Ross, road manager for Maynard Ferguson. Stu offered the job of playing second trumpet on Maynard’s band. Drozdoff accepted and stayed on the road for most of 1981.
After leaving the road, he settled into a free-lance career spanning more than 14 years. Drozdoff, in addition to running his own music contracting business, played in a free-lance capacity for the Ojays, the Temptations, The Spinners, Sammy Davis Junior, Rosemary Clooney, Bill Cosby, John Denver, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Melissah Manchester, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Fred Rogers, the Lawrence Welk All Stars, Bob Newhart, Frankie Avalon, Diahann Carroll, Gladys Knight and the Pips, to name only a few of the acts that came through requiring his services. He has even worked with members of the Chicago Symphony many occasions. His trumpet work was also featured on many radio and TV jingles.