Rob Nicholson - Tuba

Rob is currently the Principal BBb Tuba with Cory Band - the number 1 ranked brass band in the world; a position it has held for the last 13 years.


Originally from the Isle of Wight, Rob began his ‘Topflight Career’ with the Woodfalls Band based in Salisbury before beginning studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2012 under Nigel Seaman & Dr Robert Childs. At this point he joined Cory and has since gone on to win countless major brass band championship titles, picking up 6 ‘Best Tuba Section’ awards together the rest of the ‘Cory Bass Team’ along the way.


With Cory, Rob has travelled extensively, touring Australia, America, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, France, Holland and Belgium.


In June 2019, Rob underwent a lifesaving kidney transplant after being diagnosed with renal failure where the function of his kidneys dropped to 5%. Just 3 months after the operation, he was back with the Cory Band helping them to secure victory at the British Open and subsequently the Grand Slam of major titles.


Rob plays exclusively on a BBb Besson Sovereign BE994.


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