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

The Hills Big Band Musicians

  • 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.

  • Steven Martin

    Trombone

    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

    Trumpet

    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.

  • Klaus Backheuer

    Treasurer/Bass

    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.

  • Steve Jew

    Trumpet

    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.

  • Callan Mawhirt

    Trombone

  • Nicholoas Trease

    Vocalist

  • Maddi Wheeler

    Baritone Sax

  • Cathy Mueller

    Vocalist

    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.

  • John Perry

    Band President / Piano / Jester

    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. John also recently took over the role as president, expecting all to now bow before him! JP adds piano and a laugh to the band.
  • Peter Tate

    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 a very committed member of the band.  Pete has been president for several years but is now enjoying life as a muso having earned a break from admin duties.

  • Kieran Hurley

    Music Director/Trombone

    Kieran Hurley was born, bred and trained in Sunny Queensland.  After graduating from High School he went on to study journalism at UQ, subsidising his studies by playing Bass Guitar in a local rock band.  In 1989 he auditioned for the Queensland Youth Big band and was accepted as Lead Trombone.  From there he went on to play in the The Cloudland Dance band, Red Hot Peppers Pep Band, Brisbane Jazz Club Big Band and Southern Comfort Big Band before finally ending up at Warner Brothers Movie World as Trombonist and arranger. 

    After moving to WA in 1996, Kieran has continued to play in a variety of groups including Perth Jazz Orchestra, Straight Ahead Big Band, Greg Schultz Big Band, Manteca (which he MD’s), Perth Symphony Orchestra, Standard Jazz Band, Nuevo Salsa Orchestra and as a freelance musician.  He has performed with the likes of Frankie Vallie, Debbie Reynolds, James Morrison, Jerry Lewis, Maynard Ferguson, Josh Groban and many, many others.  Kieran has also performed in numerous shows over the course of his career including Les Miserables, Westside Story, The Boy From Oz, Georgy Girl, South Pacific and MD’ing shows such as Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar to name just a few.

     As an educator Kieran has been involved in Curriculum development with the K- 10 Music syllabus and was the chief Jazz Course Writer for the SCSA Courses of Study.  He has served on the CAC panel and still sits on panels regarding Music Education.  Kieran has spoken at the ASME and ISME conferences (On Honouring Indigenous Cultures through music Performance) and has been twice nominated for an ARIA Excellence in Teaching award.  Kieran is an executive member of the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia and has written music for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Perth Symphony Orchestra, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and many other school, university, jazz and chamber groups.

     Kieran is currently Head of Music at Guildford Grammar School and has been conducting the Hills Big Band since 2013.

  • Stu Campbell

    Tenor Saxophone

    Stuart was a classically trained piano and clarinet player as a youngster

    representing school and show bands in England. 

    Made the jump to Saxophone after listening to all the solos played in 

    every soul, blues and rock and roll song of any note. 

    Despite his Dads love of Jazz Stu never appreciated the finer points until

    given the chance to play with the Hills Big Band. Big convert now.

  • Bob Emery

    Vice President/ Guitar

    Bob has played many styles including folk/caberet/rock in bands since he was 16, including Fiddlers Green and Mucky Duck Bush Band.

    He loves the Jazz genre and the comeraderie of the group.

  • Steven Smith

    Trombone

    Steven Smith was 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.