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Tempe man plays bagpipe to spread cheer during COVID-19 pandemic

Paul Nies
Posted at 6:55 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 22:34:12-04

TEMPE, AZ — Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Tempe man has found a new way, six feet away, to serve his community.

"I'm not sure how much an impact this makes but I believe it to be a positive," says former Tempe and Chandler firefighter Paul Nies.

Nies been performing songs on his bagpipe from his Tempe driveway every night at sunset for any neighbor willing to listen. He hopes, "to give people hope and signal we survived another day and will survive many more."

Nies is surpassing that hope based on at least one neighbors teary-eyed reaction, "I thought it was just a really nice gesture on his part to try and bring people together during this time."

Nies plans to keep up his nightly concert until the pandemic is over saying, "Let's be a community six feet apart."