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Welcome Scott Nicolson

Originally from New Zealand, Scott was taught by Pipe Major John Downie of the City of Auckland Pipe Band. After completing a Bachelor of Marketing and Management, Scott relocated to Edinburgh playing with Drambuie Kirkliston Pipe Band for a competition season.  

In 1998, Scott returned to Perth, Western Australia to take up a full-time position with the Western Australian Police Pipe Band which included competing and winning Grade 2 at the 1998 World Bagpipe Championships. 

In 2001 Scott relocated to Sydney and took on the role of Pipe Major for St Mary’s District Band Club Pipes and Drums and, later, The Pipeband Club. During this time the band made a steady rise back to Grade 1 over a period of six years, a journey that included winning the Grade 2 element of the 2006 Australian Championships and Grade 1 of the 2008 and 2010 coupled with two third places in the 2006, 2007 Grade 2 World Pipe Band Championships.  

In 2013 Scott commenced as the Pipe Band Coordinator at The Scots School Albury and has led the group to its first Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo appearance in 2017 in addition to overseas tours of Kuala Lumpur, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, Ireland and Scotland. Scott is the driving force behind the band’s local and international success. Under his leadership the band won the 2023 World Pipe Band Championships, the Champion of Champions title as well as the Scottish Championships – all while performing in 26 shows over 20 days at the band’s second Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo appearance. 

Pipe Bands Australia is pleased to welcome Scott as the new Principal of Piping as elected by the National Council at the 2023 National Conference.

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