‘Doc Nix’ Makes Bobblehead Status

Posted: May 30, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Mason’s new Patriot Pep Band director, Michael Nickens, is the subject of a bobblehead figurine in a fund-raiser for Thomas Edison High School’s Marching Band, located in Alexandria, Va.

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Nickens says the bobblehead will help him in his mission to spread fun and happiness.
Image courtesy Edison High School Marching Band

Nickens, commonly known as “Doc Nix,” has been arranging the music for the Edison Marching Band’s outdoor shows for the past five years. He is held in high repute by the students and is well respected in the community, say band members and parents.

“Nickens is awesome because he can make all these really obscure comparisons that actually relate really well,” says Christina Hanks, student drill instructor for the Marching Eagles. “My favorite is how Marching Band is like a Lego spaceship, more specifically a Lego Deathstar.”

This spring, the band was looking for a new approach for a fund-raising idea. Past fund-raisers tended to target the same people, the family and friends of the band members, and the group wanted to broaden their audience.

John Hanks, advisory network engineer in the Technology Systems Division at Mason and the vice president of the Edison Band Parent Organization, found a “create your own bobblehead” ad in a magazine. It dawned on Hanks that a Doc Nix bobblehead would be a very successful fund-raiser. Nickens was supportive of the idea, and the Doc Nix bobblehead hit the production floor on May 22.

“I can’t be in all places at once, so we’re making an army of bobbleheads to spread fun and happiness,” says Nickens. “If anything, it’s kind of a relief having an army to help me do my job.”

Nickens says his mission is to bring people together to celebrate who they are, the institution that brings them together, their unlimited potential and their wonderful achievements.

“My main tool that will allow me to accomplish my mission is fun,” says Nickens. “All things that are fun: fun music, fun clothes, partying, singing, dancing and fellowship. That’s the spirit of the bobblehead; this ridiculous little statue with a head that jiggles around. But it’s more than that, it’s like astral projection.”

Edison High School is producing a limited number of the “Doc Nix” bobbleheads and will be selling them for $10 each. They can be pre-ordered online and will be available for pickup at Edison or at Mason’s Fairfax Campus in July or August. They can also be delivered to homes in the Northern Virginia area for an additional cost. All proceeds will go to the Edison Marching Eagles.

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