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Nils is originally from Düsseldorf, Germany, and started piping at the age of 14. He moved to Scotland at age 16 where he completed school and played with the Strathallan School pipe band. After study-related stints in England and Canada he settled back in Scotland in 2005 for a career as a government economist.


His previous bands include the City of Regina (Canada), the Clan Gregor Society, the House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead, Dysart & Dundonald and Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles, as well as being a guest player with the Concord Pipe Band in the Netherlands. He counts winning the Grade 1 Qualifier at the Worlds with the Clan and 2nd and 3rd places in Grade 1 at the British and Cowal Championships with Shotts as some of his greatest band achievements so far. 


He holds the PDA Certificate for Piping (SCQF Level 8) and, in the past, has given band workshops in Germany and taught at the German Summer School of Piping. As well as playing in bands he is a member of the Competing Pipers’ Association, competing in the solo circuit around Scotland, and is one of the regulars at Edinburgh’s Eagle Pipers Society. His main piping influences include PM Jennifer Hutcheon, Arthur Gillies, PM Joe Wilson, Willie Morrison and, since 2008 Tom and Iain Speirs.

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