“The best jazz swing big band in Perth”
“You guys hit it out of the park last night”

The Hills Big Band Musicians

  • Kieran Hurley

    Music Director/Trombone

  • Julian Osbourne


  • Jes Grey

    Tenor Saxophone

    Jeremy Grey (Jes) Tenor Saxophone has a lifetime of experience playing music of various genres. He started playing in bands in 1960 originally on guitar and then saxophone, in bands from small combos to big bands. He enjoys modern jazz/bebop in the styles of Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, and bands such as Basie and Ellington.

    Jes encourages music of eras past and present with the objective that live performance continues so that skills of legendary musicians can be appreciated and passed on to future generations.

  • Peter Tate

    President/Tenor Saxophone

    Given an alto for his fiftieth birthday, Peter was determined to realise his boyhood dream to play jazz saxophone, knowing he would have to do the hard yards; find a teacher, practise, and persevere with a great deal of determination.  He now plays not only the alto sax but also the tenor sax, his preferred instrument.

    A Foundation and Life Member of the Perth Hills Jazz Orchestra, now performing as Hills Big Band, Peter is not only a very committed member of the band but also its President.

  • Steven Martin


    Steve Martin lives in the Perth Hills area and has played with a diverse range of bands which have included the WA Arts Orchestra, JT and the Jazzmen, and various Perth jazz groups including Harbourside Drive and Jazzcats. He currently plays with the South Perth Lions Big Band and the Helena River Jazz Band alongside his trombone duties with the Hills Big Band.

  • Karina Lamont


    Karina first picked up a trumpet in high school, and over the years has played with the Western Australian Youth Concert Band, WA Youth Jazz Orchestra, Hills Concert Band and now Hills Big Band. Karina has the honour of playing the Last Post for Anzac Services across Perth including Kalamunda, Mundaring, Fremantle, and for the Rats of Tobruk. As a founding member of the Hills Big Band, Karina is keen to keep learning jazz styles from all the 'jazzo's' in the Band, and is still thoroughly enjoying playing with a great bunch of musicians.

    In her private life, Karina is a Veterinary Nurse Manager in three separate vet clinics across Perth, and along with her menagerie of pets she is kept very busy.

  • Steven Smith


    Steven Smith is currently the manager of Theo's Music and has been playing Trombone for many years.

    Steve has played with many bands, including the Hills Symphony Orchestra and the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Claremont Concert Band and other groups as required. He was the inaugural President of The Hills Big Band (PHiJO) and held that position on the committee for five years. 

  • Heni Kaspi

    Alto Saxophone/Clarinet

  • Klaus Backheuer


    Klaus is an experienced electric and double bass player. He has over 6 years of experience in the local Perth music scene. He is a manager and bass player of a guitar jazz band, the "Overflow Trio", and active member of the Hills Big Band, as well as their treasurer.

    Klaus has been involved in the German music industry for more than 30 years. He has played various styles of music from blues, rock, pop, funk, as well as jazz and world music. He is well experienced in live performances and recording music. His last band before migrating to Australia, a piano trio called ‘Raduga’ (Russian for ‘rainbow’), offered him the opportunity to play together with some extremely talented Russian musicians in Germany and during band tours to north-western Russia.

  • Laurence Osborne


    Laurence Osborne from Chidlow, is a man of diverse experience; ex-RAF Musician, prison officer, music teacher and farmer.

  • Steve Jew


    Steve started out as Tuba player at school but worked his way through euphonium and trombone to wind up on trumpet. A sort of musical weight loss.

    Basically a music fan who plays a bit. A fan of most styles of music. Nothing is off limits, even the Dixie Chicks.

  • John Perry

    Band Manager/Piano

    John Perry has been in bands since the age of 14 and is well known as a double bass player/singer on the Perth jazz scene and for management/bass with The Mucky Duck Bush Band. He lives in the hills and has played from the Edinburgh Festival to Enneaba. These days he has his own jazz duo and is the piano player/band/sound mixer and manager with the Hills Big Band.
  • Callan Mawhirt


  • Nicholoas Trease


  • Maddi Wheeler

    Baritone Sax

  • Cathy Mueller


    Cathy is a versatile and vibrant singer who performs in various jazz ensembles and Big Bands including South Perth Lions Big Band.

    She also makes up half of the vintage duo, "7th Heaven" who have been receiving race reviews around Perth venues.

    She has played top jazz venues including Ellington and Jazz Fremantle.

    Cathy brings her own style ranging from "Ella" to sultry blues.

    Cathy's bubbly personality adds warmth and professionalism to HBB and complements the huge sound of HBB.

    She sings from the heart and loves to entertain crowds.

  • Bob Emery


    Bob is a relative newbee to the world of Jazz, having played many styles including folk/caberet/rock in bands since he was 16, including Fiddlers Green and Mucky Duck Bush Band.

    He loves the genre and the comeraderie of the group.