"Barnard rightly enjoys the reputation as one of the best mainstream trumpeters in the world". Dr. Clement Semmler, pioneer of Australian Broadcasting, The Bulletin (August 1990).
Bob Barnard, Australia’s highly acclaimed cornet/trumpet player, gained experience at an early age in Melbourne in the late 1940s with the local brass band, his mother’s dance band and older-brother Len Barnard’s South City Stompers.
During the 1950s he worked in Sydney with the Ray Price trio and the Port Jackson Jazz Band and in Melbourne with Kenn Jones Powerhouse Band and the Max Collie band and freelanced regularly. After moving to Sydney permanently in 1962 as a founder member of the Graeme Bell All Stars and extensive recording and studio work he formed his own band in 1974. It toured Australia, Europe and the US regularly, held long residencies at Sydney hotels, restaurants and clubs and was featured at regular jazz festival and concert engagements in Australia and overseas.
Bob maintains a well-deserved international reputation and currently tours the US, Europe and Australia as a featured soloist to the worldwide respect and admiration of the top jazz musicians, audiences and critics. His extensive recording activities over many years include some of the world’s greatest jazz stars.
Bob Barnard was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1990 for his enormous contribution to Australian jazz. Other awards include the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal (1977), the Australian Jazz Critics Award (1990, 1991, 1992), an Advance Australia Award (1991) and two Mo awards as jazz performer of the year (1993, 1997). He has been inducted into the Montsalvat Hall of Fame (1988), the Australian Legends of Jazz (1991), the Australian Jazz Hall of Fame (1993), and in 2008 was made an Honorary Life Member of the Victorian Jazz Archive.