Brisbane Bagpiper - Nick Tomkins - started to learn the bagpipes in 2005 at The SCOTS PGC College when Band Master Sandy Dalziel moved from Scotland. With lots of hard work, in 2010 Nick was promoted to Pipe Major. During this time the band competed with much success.
Nick is now an Open graded solo bagpiper, and currently plays with the City of Ipswich Pipe Band, Pipe Band Club, Sydney and the world renowned Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band, New Zealand who were most recently ranked at 9th in the World Championships!
Nick gained experience in teaching through tutoring the Gold Coast Pipe Band where they won multiple State Championships under his guidance. Nick also taught many young up and coming pipers (from ages 8 - 17) through a dedicated program run by the St Andrew's Society (Gold Coast branch) and is a regular tutor at Youth Workshops around Queensland. Taking this to the next level, Nick has undertaken a huge initiative as a founding officer of the Greater Ipswich College of Piping and Drumming, a dedicated educational arm of the Ipswich Thistle Pipe Band. In conjunction with this, Nick is the Pipe Sergeant and Treasurer of the City of Ipswich Pipe Band. Nick holds a current blue card for his work with kids.
Nicks current tutor is the World famous Bob Worrall from Canada who is regarded as one of the elite musical and bagpiping minds in the world. Nick plays a set of 1920 MacRae bagpipes, formerly owned and played by Ryan Canning - Pipe Major of the current World Champion Band, Shotts and Dykehead.
Outside of bagpiping, Nick is R&D Co-Ordinator at ASX Top 300 company Ridley Corporation.
Nick offers professional and reliable services of the Great Highland Bagpipe in the SE Qld area - making that memorable day into something special.
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