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ISB’s 50th Anniversary hits in Ithaca at ISB2017



Mark your calendars now for ISB2017 at Ithaca College, June 5-10, 2017.  Did you know we will be celebrating our 50th anniversary at the 2017 convention?  As part of our celebration at Ithaca College, we want to hear from you about your dreams for the next convention.  Your voice matters.  It’s your ISB.

Ithaca College

Convention Proposals

All ISB members are invited to submit a proposal to present at the ISB 2017 Convention at Ithaca College. Please read the submission guidelines carefully and then fill out your application online. The deadline to submit is 9/15/2016, but the sooner you send us your ideas the better!

2017 Competition

Read the guidelines and enter the 2017 ISB Double Bass Competition, which takes place June 4th and 5th at Ithaca College, New York. Divisions for solo, jazz, orchestral, age 15-18 and age 14 and Under.

A humorous introduction to the double bass

As bassists, we don’t need any introduction to the double bass.  We live it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of folks out there in the world that have no clue about our beloved and misunderstood instrument.  Bret Simner gave a great presentation at the 2016 TEDx...

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Bottesini Competition 2017 Dates Announced

Enrico Fagone, Artistic Director for the Bottesini Competition has announced that applications are now ready for its next installment scheduled for April 19-25, 2017. “No other double bass concert performer can be compared to him. Dall’Oglio, Müller and...

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Whether you are a professional or amateur, a luthier or a composer, collector or gearhead, or perhaps simply a listener who enjoys very low frequencies, there is a place in the ISB for you to share your double bass love! Joel Quarrington

Principal Bassist, London Symphony Orchestra

As a teenager, I was lucky enough to learn that bassists have a unique and supportive bond with each other that is not shared by players of any other instrument. The ISB is the lead organization we have that keeps this family connected throughout the world. John Clayton

It seems as if I’ve been a member of the ISB since the first blues line was played! It was a great choice of notes, as good a choice as joining this Society. I’ve met some fantastic people along the way, played on some fantastic instruments, new and old, and heard some fantastic performances. When you join, you’ll be sharing these things with me. Ron Carter

Once you’ve been bitten by the bass bug, the ISB has got to be one of the primary sources for nurturing your love and enthusiasm for what the bass represents in your life. Gary Karr

ISB Founder


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