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BIOGRAPHY
 
DJ Nick Burke got his musical start with piano lessons at the age 8 and began singing in the local church choir with his Dad. By age 14 he had learned to play piano, guitar and bass guitar. At age 16 he joined his first "rock" group and began performing at local school dances and teen clubs.

After completing school(UMD), he did a tour in the US Air Force where he was trained to be an ECM electronics technician. Immediately following his honorable discharge, this Vietnam Era vet started work at NASA/GSFC in Greenbelt,MD in computers and joined another musical group, a show band named "The Sentries" from the Baltimore,MD metro area. The group was one of that area's top drawing dance bands and has backed up numerous big name recording acts like The Platters, Chubby Checker, Mary Wells, the Drifters, jazz singer Ethel Ennis, Danny and the Juniors, Percy Sledge and Otis Redding just to name a few. It was during his days as a musician, that DJ Nicky-B developed his showmanship and audience interaction skills as an MC and vocalist. It's this experience that has enabled him to become more than just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill DJ.

With all his musical, electronics, computer knowledge and talent, it was a natural transition for Nicky-B to begin a DJ service. In late May of 1987, he started Sound Decision DJs and became very busy in the wedding, anniversary, school and social club circuits. Being a "techie", DJ Nicky-B has always been ahead of the curve with the gear of his new trade. As music technology changed from vinyl records and cassette tapes to CDs, DVDs and computer files, he kept expanding the overall capabilities and services offered, well beyond just spinning music.

The name Sound Decision DJs gave way to Nicky-B Entertainment which now includes all of the latest technology including large screen video projection, MTV style music videos, "real time" camera action shown on the big screens, customized slideshows, a multi-decade MP3 music library, a full karaoke library, computer controlled intelligent lighting and decorative lightscapes. Nicky-B also uses an arsenal of special effects to enhance and take any event "over-the-top."

With his accumulated expertise, Nicky-B has become one of the nations most knowledgeable and respected DJs. He has written technical articles for both MOBILE BEAT magazine and DJ TIMES magazine and has been the "gear & equipment guru" at Start.MobileBeat.com since 1996, answering tech questions for other DJs through out the USA, Canada and abroad. He teaches seminars about intelligent light programming and control for DJ's that use similar lighting technology. As a "techie", his expertise has been called upon by numerous DJ equipment manufacturers to field test their latest gear. He was a well known and highly respected, member of the American Disc Jockey Association and is an active member of the local Baltimore Area Disc Jockey Association. He is indeed a national asset to the professional DJ industry and hopefully will continue to be a pioneer as the new millennium unfolds!