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MostlyBass
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MostlyBass

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  • About

    Gender:
    Male
    Home Page:
    http://www.MostlyBass.com
    Location:
    Oak Park, IL
    Occupation:
    Orchestra Teacher
    Current Setup:
    Rogeri bass by R. Solano, Cirillo German Bow, Obligato or Flat Chrome Strings, Custom C-Extension by Bill Merchant, Marvin tailpiece. see pictures here: http://petertambroni.com/mostlybass_wp/about/

    Electric: Carvin Icon5W, Greenboy Bassic15 & Bassic12, GK MB200 & MB500, Tech21 VT Bass, Hardwire Valve Distortion, D'Addario Strings (Extra Light), Planet Waves Circuit Breaker Cables,
    Favorite Genres:
    Classical, Rock
    Gigs and Ensembles:
    Jungle of Cities band - http://www.jungleofcities.com/
    Substitute with greater Chicago area orchestras
    Previously Owned Gear:
    Dupree French bow, German Plywood bass, Peavey amps, electric basses: Yamaha BB300, Aria Pro II, Rogue, Peavey BXP, Ibanez SR505,
    G.A.S. List:
    Carvin 6 string bass
    Influences and Teachers:
    Studied with Matthew Vacanti, Richard Stephan, Terrence Squires, Michael Cameron, Greg Sarchet, Andy Anderson, Miloslav Gajdos
    Hobbies and Interests:
    Photography, Writing, Blogging
    Available for Instruction?:
    • Bass Guitar Instruction
    • Double Bass Instruction
    Teaching Credentials:
    Bachelor of Music Education - Crane School of Music, MM Double Bass Performane - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    About Me

    Lesson Information

    I began playing the double bass at the age of 16 (after playing the clarinet since elementary school) when the director of my high school jazz ensemble asked if anyone would be interested in playing bass. After playing electric bass it was suggested that I learn the string bass and soon after I began orchestral studies. Within a year I knew I wanted to go into the field of music, and becoming a music teacher was the perfect choice for me. I received my Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music in 1996. At the Crane School I studied bass with Richard Stephan.

    After that I taught strings in the public schools for grades 4 – 12 in Northern New York and have been adjunct faculty for cello and double bass at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. In 2000 I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign with a Master’s in Double Bass Performance, studying with Michael Cameron.

    I am currently a string teacher in suburban Chicago where I teach string lessons in grades 3 – 8 and conduct the middle school concert and chamber orchestras. I also lead an Irish ensemble and a bass quartet. My chamber orchestra has advanced to the Illinois Grade School Music Association’s state level contest and received a Division I rating in 2008, 2011, and 2012.

    I perform around the greater Chicago area with many orchestra and rock bands around the city. In 2000 I appeared on the Bozo Super Sunday Show to give a presentation and performance on the double bass. In the spring of 2003 I was the guest soloist for District 212 (playing the Vanhal concerto) and in spring of 2004 I performed at Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall with the Polish American Symphony Orchestra of Chicago.

    I have attended classes with Michael Hovnanian of the Chicago Symphony, John Chiego, Hal Robinson of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Scott Haigh of the Cleveland Symphony, Stewart Arfman, and Erik Harris.

    I have been published several times in American String Teacher, as well as websites around the world.