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Bass storm troopers

Photo by Steve Johnson

Big thanks go out to all who came for the bass love in Fort Collins, Colorado. We’ll be posting pictures and more stories soon.  Mark your calendars now for ISB2017 at Ithaca College, June 5-10, 2017.

Young Bassists Wrap Up 2015

During ISB 2015, our YBers were busy with large ensemble rehearsals, small ensembles rehearsals and a lot of workshops and masterclasses led by our convention presenters.  They also attended convention concerts and visited the exhibits.  It was like a camp on... read more

Mark Dresser Receives Doris Duke Impact Award

Congratulations to ISB board member Mark Dresser for winning this amazing award.  We couldn’t be prouder of you Mark!  So, what are you going to do with all that money??? The following is the press release from the Doris Duke Foundation: Twenty Performing... read more

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


Being a member means gaining access to the amazing bassists that you know and love and meeting new friends for life. Plus, you get Bass World 3 times a year and a lot of other cool stuff!
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