February is Membership Month for the International Society of Bassists! Our 2014 membership drive honorary co-chairs Dave Holland, jazz bassist extraordinaire, and DaXun Zhang, professor of double bass at the University of Texas in Austin (read below) invite you and your colleagues and students to become part of the ISB family, plus we have some special gifts for new and renewing members.

Dave HollandDave Holland, bassist, composer and bandleader, is now in his fifth decade as a performer. His path has led him from the frontiers of free improvisation to jazz, folk and rock partnerships to leading Grammy-winning modern ensembles. “The 2013 ISB convention was a truly inspiring experience. The masterclasses that I attended were really informative and I heard some wonderful bass players who are doing things that were almost inconceivable 50 years ago. The opportunity for us all to come together and share our experiences is fantastic for the bass community and for the advancement of the instrument. On a personal level, it gave me a real creative boost and has set some new standards for me to aspire to.”Dave Holland

CHOOSE A THANK-YOU GIFT! Beginning now and through the end of February, when you join, renew or extend your membership online or by downloading an application and mailing it in postmarked by February 28th, you can choose one of these great gifts donated by ISB members. Once you’ve joined, renewed or extended your membership either online or via regular mail, all you have to do to claim your gift is send an email to info@ISBworldoffice.com with your name, mailing address, and the first, second and third choices of the thank you gift you’d like to have. Quantities are limited, don’t delay!    

  • A copy of Dear Madeleine, featuring music and spoken word from 19 ISB all-stars, including Gary Karr, Ron Carter, Edgar Meyer, John Clayton and many more of your favorites!
  • Deep Tones for Peace, a 2009 gathering of 13 bassists playing for peace from locations around the world, featuring Rufus Reid, Henry Grimes, Mark Dresser, Thierry Barbe and others
  • Turn Out the Stars, the Martin Wind Quartet performs music written or inspired by Bill Evans
  • Scott LaFaro Memorial Poster, honoring the memory of the groundbreaking jazz bassist
  • 2013 ISB convention Big Bass Bash T-Shirt (specify size L or XL)

DaXun ZhangDaXun Zhang, 2001 ISB solo competition winner, has also won the ASTA National Solo Competition, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2003 WAMSO Competition. An active soloist and chamber musician, he is associate professor of double bass at the University of Texas at Austin: “The ISB is an organization that makes incredible things happen. I attended my first ISB convention in 1999 when I was 17 years old. For a teenager just out of China, everything was new and exciting. I remember sitting in the audience on the last day and suddenly, my name was announced. My heart was racing and my face turned red. I had been awarded the use of a wonderful double bass from the Karr Foundation, after they learned I only had use of a school instrument. I remember the magical moment when David Murray handed the bass to me on the stage. It’s amazing how one organization can unite great performers, master teachers, students and bass lovers from all over the world. The friendships and networks I formed through the ISB support me both professionally and personally. It is not an overstatement to say I would not be where I am without the ISB. Joining the ISB can change your life. Don’t miss this opportunity.” – DaXun Zhang

Membership is the life blood of any organization. If you’re a current member of the ISB, thank you! We are grateful to you for your continuing support – and we need your help! We challenge you to sign up a fellow bassist during our February membership drive. Members receive Bass World magazine and monthly e-newsletters and special announcements, access to the George Vance Online Resource Library (over 40 years of past issues of magazines, newsletters and convention programs) and are among the first to hear of double bass events and competitions. Ask a friend, colleague or student to go to join online or download a membership application and mail it in.