Discover the dynamic world of brass at our Brass Discovery Weekend, a two-day event specially designed for high school students (AMEB Grade 6 or higher). This unique opportunity allows participants to delve into the techniques, sounds and expressions that define brass performance, under the tutelage of  outstanding musicians in the field.

Our stella line up of specialists bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. The day will feature insights and workshops led by Bob Schultz, leading session principal trumpet and trumpet and brass specialist, UQ; Jason Redman, the Section Principal Trombone, QSO; and Vivienne Collier-Vickers, French Horn, QSO.

Together, these accomplished musicians will share their knowledge and passion for brass music. Whether you’re looking to refine your skills, explore new musical avenues, or simply immerse yourself in the world of brass, these Discovery Days promise an enriching and inspiring experience. Join us to take your brass playing to the next level and connect with fellow enthusiasts in a day filled with music, learning and inspiration.

Bob Schultz
Foremost session principal trumpet; brass specialist at UQ

Jason Redman 
Section Principal Trombone, QSO

Viv Collier-Vickers 
French Horn, QSO

Please bring the following items:

  • your instrument
  • one or two of your favourite pieces that you are currently working on
  • a water bottle
  • lunch and snacks (please note that over the weekends no on-campus cafes are open).



Session 1

Building a Solid Foundation
Breathing, Warm-ups, basics, and practice techniques.

Session 2

Brass Ensemble 1
Ensemble playing.



Session 3

Specific Instrument Masterclasses
Present a small portion of a prepared piece.

Session 4

3–4:30pm (Day 1 only)
3–4pm (Day 2 only

Chamber Ensembles 2
Ensemble playing.

Session 5 (Day 2 only)

Short Concert and Q&A 
Options beyond High School Q & A
Ask about performance opportunities, tertiary study at The University of Queensland and pathways to a career
Parents encouraged to attend this session

About 2024 Discovery Days

The School of Music takes pride in hosting Discovery Days that serve a twofold purpose. Firstly, these events extend targeted support to woodwind, brass and percussion students, and by extension, their teachers. They are tailored to address specific needs of their instrument groups, fostering an environment that nurtures students and supports their aspirations, particularly those who may contemplate music studies at the tertiary level.

Secondly, these events are an opportunity to provide invaluable insights and information regarding the study of tertiary music at The University of Queensland, encompassing both the Bachelor of Music program and a diverse range of dual degree options. Through these engaging events, aspiring musicians can explore the wide array of academic offerings and resources available at the university, enabling them to make informed decisions about their educational journey.

The School of Music proudly offers a variety of dual degree options that combine music with other disciplines, attracting a growing number of music students each year. Gone are the days when students were compelled to relinquish their passion for music in favour of pursuing other areas of study. Now, they can wholeheartedly pursue their musical passion while simultaneously expanding their knowledge in other chosen disciplines such as Arts, Science, or Education. This integration allows students to enjoy a well-rounded education and embrace their diverse interests.


Room 434, School of Music, The University of Queensland
Nickson Room