Author: Jason Heath

Draylen Mason dies in package bomb explosion

Tragic news about 17-year-old double bassist Draylen Mason: 17 year old African-American double bassist Draylen Mason has been killed – following a series of package bomb explosions in Austin, Texas, United States. An honour roll bass student at the East Austin College Prep, where he studied with William Bill Dick, Mason was a member of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Austin Youth Orchestra and the Austin Soundwaves. Read the complete story here.  Our hearts go out to Draylen and his family....

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The Strad Partners: LA Phil Resident Fellows

“This initiative is going to help usher extraordinarily talented musicians through doors that used to be closed to them.” John Lofton, LA Phil’s Bass Trombonist and LA Phil Resident Fellows Orchestra Chair Become an LA Phil Resident Fellow and make history as the LA Phil launches a centerpiece initiative of its Centennial. The fellowship invests in the highest-level emerging professional musicians and is designed to increase diversity within American orchestras. Up to five LA Phil Resident Fellows will have the opportunity to: Benefit from formal career development, mentorship, and community engagement opportunities Perform at orchestral, chamber music, new music,...

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Lawrence Angel – in memory

Lawrence Angell died peacefully on December 3, 2017 following a lengthy illness. A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Larry studied double bass at the Interlochen Center for the Arts with Oscar Zimmerman. Following his service with the 7th Infantry Division Band and Jazz Bands during the Korean War, he continued his studies with Zimmerman at the Eastman School of Music, earning bachelor and master of music degrees, as well as the Special Performer’s Certificate. While still a student, he performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Erich Leinsdorf conducting, and soon after was appointed to the Cleveland Orchestra by George Szell in...

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BASS2018 LUCCA – Exhibitor Early Bird | Grant Basses

Deadline for an Early Bird (20% off) for Exhibitors Bronze, Silver and Gold is on Monday Dec. 4th. An unfinished submission sent before the deadline will also count as an Early Bird. Go to website / exhibitor, read more, try the Calculator and submit the formula, Click! As Gold, Platinum and Diamond you have the opportunity to offer your bass in our Grant Basses 2018-2020. Read more about the Conditions 2018 or the three Grant Basses facebook posts 2016synchronizing with our website, Click! Upcoming Newsletter Topics • Hotels in Lucca w/ a reduction • Orchestra Experience Awards, open •...

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