Derek has been playing guitar for over 30 years after falling in love with the instrument at age 11. After years of playing in bands in North Carolina he moved to Atlanta Georgia to attend the Atlanta Institute of Music where he developed a deep love of jazz and improvisational music. He spent 15 years in Georgia playing with a wide variety of groups including a 12-piece funk band, countless jazz combos, R&B, Rock Cover bands and many more.
Now back in North Carolina, Derek has developed a reputation as one of Western North Carolina’s best guitar players. He spent quite a lot of time performing with a Traditional Country Music project, in which he developed a great appreciation for the guitar masters in that genre and has assimilated those new influences into his style. Now he is concentrating on his own Trio project which brings together all of his eclectic tastes into one interesting new breed of instrumental music.
Born into musical family, Nikao started playing drums at the age of 10. He honed his chops playing in church and the school marching and jazz band. Upon graduating, Nikao began playing and teaching professionally, and has played with artists such as: Mark Wood (formerly of the Trans Siberian Orchestra), Dove Award winning songwriter Kyle Matthews and The Voice season 9 finalist Riley Biederer. You can learn more about Nikao by visiting his website.
Tim Winter grew up in Southern California and started playing guitar at 12. Soon after high school, he attended the Guitar Institute of Technology. He then furthered his musical studies earning a BA in Music at the University of Puget Sound. Arriving in the Asheville area in 2008 Tim has played in various musical groups playing either bass or guitar as the situation calls. Along with the Derek McCoy Trio, he can be regularly seen playing with Ol’ 74 Jazz Big Band and Up Jumped Three.