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ISB Convention 2013 New Website

There’s a dedicated website that has been launched specifically for the ISB Conventions, and it looks great!  They’ve got a blog, videos, competition information, important dates, and much more.  It’s really an excellent resource and, even if you aren’t planning on going to the convention, is well worth checking out… but you really should check out the convention if at all possible!

ISB Convention 2013.

ISB International Portrait Calendar Banner Ads – Book Now!

Good advertising for folks with a bass service/product:

The ISB mails its International Portrait Calendar to all current members with the fall issue of Bass World, and to new members throughout the year. That’s more than 3,000 calendars printed and mailed. At the bottom of each 2-month page there’s a banner space (dimensions 11 inches wide by 1 inch high) for an advertiser’s company name, logo and contact information. Imagine your company’s or special event’s contact information featured prominently for two months or longer, hanging on the walls of university and independent teaching studios, homes and college dorm rooms around the world!


There are only six 2012 ISB International Portrait Calendar advertising opportunities beginning at $500 U.S. for one two-month page. Click here to view sample calendar pages from 2011. You may book from one to six pages (different ads or the same banner) on a first-come, first-served basis. Thedeadline to book your calendar ad is September 15th or until all ad space is sold, whichever comes first. Artwork is due by October 1st. Contact the ISB today to reserve your ad space in the 2012 ISB International Portrait Calendar at, telephone 972/233-9107 ext. 204, or fax 972/490-4219.


Thank you for your support – past, present and future! Bass World would not be the great membership publication it has become without the continued participation of our advertisers.


General Information and Specs

  • Black and white only, submit banner ad(s) in digital format via email as a print-version PDF (preferred) or high-resolution TIF or JPG file
  • Rates are non-commissionable
  • First-time advertisers must pay in full in advance
  • Banner size is 11 inches wide by 1 inch tall
  • Deadline to book banner ad is September 15th or until all space is sold

Advertising rates for one or more banner ads

  • One banner ad                         $500 U.S.
  • From 2 to 5 ads                       $450 U.S per banner ad
  • Book entire calendar (6 ads)     $2,500 (up to 6 different banner ads or repeat your ads)

Questions? Email!

CBC 158: Charles DeRamus interview

We’re bringing you an interview with double bassist Charles DeRamus on Contrabass Conversations this week. Charles is a member of the Gothenburg Symphony and has worked extensively in both Europe and the United States during his professional career. Charles has recently written a children’s concert for double bass quartet and narrator called “Greta’s Dream” which has been performed at many venues in the United States and Sweden. This piece will be performed at the 2011 International Society of Bassists Convention in San Francisco, so be sure to check out their session if you can attend the convention.

Following the interview, we feature two excerpts from a live performance of Greta’s Dream (right around the 57 minute point in the podcast if you want to jump right to them), and more information about this piece will be provided in the coming months.

Be sure to check out the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Bass Quartet on Facebook–they’ve got a great page!

About Charles:

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Charles DeRamus has a career that spans from North America to Scandinavia, where he is currently a member of the Gothenburg Symphony and has worked extensively with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Malmo? Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. In the United States he has performed, recorded and toured with the Atlanta Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Virginia Symphony, and the Colorado Music Festival. His studies include degrees from Indiana University and Rice University, after which he was a member of the New World Symphony and participated in numerous summer festivals including Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, and the National Orchestral Institute.

Equally at home in various musical venues, Charles has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, Atlanta Opera, Ohio Light Opera, NorrlandsOperan, Malmo? Opera, as well as the Dayton Bach Society, the contemporary ensemble “Black Box Band”, Sweden’s acclaimed new music ensemble Gageego, and the Persian/European influenced Rumi Ensemble. Recent solo engagements include a unique performance with the National Orchestra of Sweden for a concert celebrating newly naturalized Swedish citizens, as well as performances of Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango and Beethoven’s F Major Romance with the Eureka Symphony in the United States.

Charles is a dedicated teacher and currently serves on the faculties of the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Festival Programs. Previously he has served on the All-State at Interlochen and University of Michigan Summer Arts Institute faculties, as well as given masterclasses in Norway, Sweden, the United States, and at the Royal College of Music and Yehudi Menuhin School in England. As a composer/arranger, in the 2010/11 season Charles will celebrate the premier performances of “Greta’s Dream”, his newly written children’s concert for Double Bass Quartet and narrator. Following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps, Charles is the third generation bassist in his family.

adline for 2011 ISB Convention on-campus housing reservations is May 1s

Important details about the 2011 ISB Convention in San Francisco:

For a list of presenters by the day for the 2011 ISB convention at San Francisco State University, June 6th-11th, click here (the young bassist program will be taught by many of these same presenters, YB schedule to be announced, for a general description of the young bassists program, click here.)

If you have not yet made your on-campus housing reservations, the deadline is May 1st. Click here for forms to fax or email in, to be received at the ISB office no later than Sunday, May 1st (form includes tips for finding off-campus housing), or you can register for housing online by clicking here. We will contact you if your first choice isn’t available. For basic information about on-campus stays, click here for a newsletter from San Francisco State University’s conference services department. Specific check-in and check-out instructions for SFSU on-campus housing will not be available to us until the first week of May. Wireless internet access will be available at various points on the campus.

For those traveling with your bass in a trunk, we have found a resource for leaving your bass trunk at the San Francisco Airport (SFO). Once you’ve claimed your baggage and trunk, go to the International Terminal departure level, near the United Airlines and on the way to the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and look for the Airport Travel Agency office. With an advance registration by calling (650) 877-0422, or by emailing either or, you can store your trunk for $15 per day (without reservation, $20 per day.) The Airport Travel Agency is open 7 AM to 11 PM. Earlier pick up is possible if scheduled in advance for an additional charge. Allow for up to 15 minutes to pick up or drop off your trunk. Payment due by cash or with Visa, MC or AmEx when you drop off your trunk.

For shuttle transportation between the San Francisco Airport and San Francisco State University (the Holloway campus) or any of the hotels in the area, a special one-way rate of $15 per person plus gratuity (traveling without bass) is available with a reservation through Super Shuttle at this link. If you are traveling with your bass, either in a trunk or a bag, you must make an advance reservation by June 1st for a dedicated van by completing the form available at the same web page, and emailing to the dispatcher as instructed. The cost for a dedicated van one-way, which will hold up to 4 passengers and two basses in a trunk, is $100 plus gratuity. Questions? Email

Stay tuned for more convention details!