Missing the late 70s and early 80s? We got your back! In honor of the ISB’s 50th year anniversary, we are sending out monthly installments of throwback photos from each decade of the ISB. All leading to this year’s Convention in Ithaca, June 5-10, 2017!  In this installment we’re diving in to 1977-1987

Between 1977 and 1987 the ISB:

  • Held the ISB Summer Bass School at the University of Cincinnati from 1977-1981.
  • Supported the 1978 and 1982 Isle of Man International Competitions and Workshops in Great Britain.
  • Held the Zimmermann/Mingus Competition with classical and jazz divisions in Cincinnati in November, 1981.
  • Appointed Jeff Bradetich the Executive Director and Editor of the ISB in July, 1982.        
  • Changed the format of membership publication from newsletter to magazine. 
  • Held 1984, the ISB convention at Northwestern University, in Evanston, IL.  Jeff Bradetich was Convention Chair.
  • Sponsored 1984 International Composition Contest.
  • Held 1986 ISB convention at the University of Texas at Austin, David Neubert was Convention Chair.

From the ISB Calendar ’86: Jeff Bradetich – “Jeff Bradetich is the Executive Director of the ISB and Editor of the ISB magazine, He is Professor of bass at Northwestern University and concertizes on his 1767 Guadagnini” 

Check out these photos from the FIRST ISB Convention in 1984!!

_84 Convention 3
_84 Convention 4
_84 Convention 2

Need a dose of humor?

The Bass Base of Amarillo; The penalty for students not practicing for Bass Base.  Inez Patterson and victim Kevin Waggoner (Bass World, Vol. IX, Issue I, Fall ’82, p. 32).

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Austin Convention ’86

David Murray (Conv. Chair ’86)

Rufus Reid

David Gage

Harold Robinson

Hans Roelofsen and Rudolf Senn premiered Bottesini’s Grand Duo Concertant’s “original version” with the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Bass World, Vol. XI, Issue III, Spring ’85, p. 29).

Hans Roelofsen and Rudolf Senn

Cover promoting the first ISB Convention held at Northwestern University in June ’84 (Bass World, Volume X, Issue I)

Chicago '84 Cover

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Jarrett Bastow
Jarrett Bastow

Jarrett Bastow is the ISB's intern for the spring 2017 semester as part of his degree plan for earning his Master of Arts Leadership and Administration from Colorado State University. Jarrett is the mastermind behind our popular "Blast from the Past" emails celebrating the ISB's 50th anniversary. He earned his Master in Music Performance in 2013 from Northwestern University. He is currently personnel manager of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, where he also serves as principal bass. Jarrett is also a section bass with the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Symphony Orchestra and subs for the Tulsa Opera, Shreveport (Louisiana) Symphony Orchestra, the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The ISB is fortunate to have him on its team this spring - thanks, Jarrett!