Nani began playing clarinet in the 5th grade and was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award in 1986.  She was a member of the Inaugural Governors School for the Arts Orchestra in 1985, was principle clarinetist for the Southern College of Seventh-day Adventist Orchestra (now Southern Adventist University where she held a 4 year music scholarship) from 1985-1989, and while in this orchestra toured the Orient in 1985, Greece in 1989, as well as numerous tours of the United States with a performance in the famed Carniegie  Hall in New York City in 1989.  Nani is also a member of Zephyr Winds.

Nani is a charter member of Zephyr Instrumental.