Dirk de Nijs (Breda, 1993) takes up the drums as a five year-old. His first mentor is Mark Eeftens. Dirk is then taken under the wing of the renowned Toon Oomen, who’s mentored great drummers like Hans van Oosterhout, Hans Eijkenaar, Mark Stoop and Jimmy van den Nieuwenhuizen. Dirk falls in love with jazz music and starts studying at the conservatory of Tilburg, with Hans van Oosterhout as his teacher. Dirk graduates cum laude in 2017.
He plays with great musicians like Anton Goudsmit, Eric Vloeimans, Jeroen van Vliet, Mete Erker, Michiel Stekelenburg, Benjamin Herman, Jared Grant, Peter Tiehuis, Reinier Baas, Sjoerd van Eijck, Koen Smits, Jesse Schilderink en Kika Sprangers .