About Us

BoB was conceived in early 2008 as a means for five brass players to enjoy themselves playing music from classical to contemporary, ancient to modern, pleasant to challenging. From these small beginnings, BoB has grown into one of Australia’s busiest and most versatile brass quintets with its annual concert season, 50+ performances as part of the Musica Viva in Schools program, three major brass/wind camps, regional and international tours, as well as the occasional appearance at corporate events. Drawing on the experience of its members, who have performed on all continents, including many of the major concert stages, BoB is dedicated to presenting works for brass quintet that delight audiences with the required virtuosity, musicality, and last, but not least, entertainment value. BoB is:


Nathan Schilling (trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo), a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium and University of Tasmania, who after moving to London has performed with the British Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of India, Amadeus Orchestra, Brandenburg Sinfonia, London Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Kensington Symphony Orchestra, as well as Oompah Brass, Brass Ten, and the Royal College of Music Brass Band. Nathan teaches across Queensland (Brisbane to Cairns) and is an active freelance performer;

Chris Williams (trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo), a versatile trumpet player equally at home in both the classical and jazz genres who has toured with various ensembles to Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, England, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia, as well as performed with several of Australia’s orchestras. He has recorded for ABC television and ABC Jazz and Classical Labels, and has been involved in numerous live to air broadcasts with ABC Classic FM. Chris is also a didgeridoo soloist and has travelled as far as Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Ireland, France, and the UK to conduct workshops and share the Indigenous Australian Culture;


Armin Terzer (horn), Principal Horn of the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Professor of Horn at Zhaoqing University, and arranger of most of BoB’s music (as well as horn ensembles and chamber orchestra), has performed on five continents with a long list of classical and popular music celebrities, in the Zhejiang, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Beijing, Shenzhen, Queensland, Adelaide, West Australian Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as numerous chamber ensembles. Armin divides his time between China and Australia, orchestras and chamber ensembles, and arranges extensively for his many ensembles;

Greg Aitken (trombone, bass trombone), currently joint Head of Brass at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University as well as Lecturer in Euphonium and Director of the Brass Band. Alongside his long and diverse career including performances with the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, extensive pit work in and around Brisbane, brass lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland and University of Southern Queensland, Greg has been a driving force in the music retail industry through founding and leading Brass Music Specialists since 1989 (one of BoB’s major sponsors);


Warwick Tyrrell (trombone, bass trombone), an outstanding and internationally recognized musician with a strong desire for excellence as a performer, conductor, educator and mentor, formally principal trombone with the London Philharmonic and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, soloist in the 1991 release of trombone concertos with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, winner of the 1988 International Trombone Competition, same year Young Achiever of the Year (South Australia), 1984 Winner of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition, and frequent soloist and recitalist throughout Great Britain and Australia;

BoB’s recent highlights include a 2013 tour to China, ongoing work with Musica Viva throughout Queensland, regional projects supported through the Australian Council for the Arts and Arts Queensland, collaborations Marist College Emerald, Cairns State High School, and appearances at the University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Tyalgum Festival of Music, Brisbane Music Festival, Queensland Band and Orchestra Clinic, Australian Society for Music Education Conference, and Maryborough Music Conference. BoB also has a strong commitment to music by Australian composers through its annual Ozbrass event, having premiered close to 30 works in the past four years.

BoB – Best of Brass is available for the following:

– Concert performances

– Collaboration with students:

Student ensemble tutoring
Performance alongside BoB members (on simplified parts)
Integration of large student ensembles

– Workshops on all aspects of brass playing, including:

Breathing, rhythm, sound, articulation, dynamics, intonation
Daily routine, instrument-specific technique
Repertoire and interpretation
Memorisation, transposition, improvisation
Equipment (instruments, mouthpieces, accessories), instrument maintenance

– Workshops on all aspects of chamber playing, including:

Balance and blend, rehearsal technique, Repertoire
Repertoire selection and interpretation
Arranging, Memorisation, All about gigs

– Individual instrument tutoring and masterclasses (all brass instruments)

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“BoB’s performance at the ABODA 25th Anniversary Dinner sensationally combined artistry and instrumental wizardry culminating in rousing applause and cheers for more from a gathering of esteemed band and orchestra directors from around Australia. The next morning BoB gave an impromptu outdoor concert at QBOC2010 with their versatility and enthusiasm being a real hit with the delegates with many commenting upon how their students need to be hearing brass playing of this level.”

Dr. Lewes Peddell, president ABODA QLD