Nick Brakeman is entering his 10th season being a part of Gateway Percussion. His independent marching career began in the Winter of 2008 and concluded with his age out in 2013. During that time he not only competed every season with Gateway, but was also a member of Capital Sound Drum and Bugle Corps, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps, and Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. He has two Individual and Ensemble gold medals with the 2011 Colts RedBass and the 2012 Spirit of Atlanta Cymbal Line.
Nick has flourished in the activity as a technician for the 2013 Colts Youth Organization and the 2015 Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps. As a clinician, consultant and visual designer, Nick works with many ensembles around the country including University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, Missouri State, Marching Mizzou and Rockwood Summit High School. Nick currently lives in Saint Louis, MO where he enjoys hikes and studies philosophy.