What happens if you get hired to teach double bass… and there are zero students?
Where do you even begin?
But George wasn’t deterred. First, he visited high schools in the area. Lots of bass players, but lots of work to be done.
More high school visits from George. People took notice. Slowly, things began to grow.
Then George started ¡Viva el Bajo! The response was immediate, and it grew bigger over time. Students got better. Word began to spread.
Fast-forward to the present.
Piece #1 on the program: an arrangement of Peter and the Wolf by UTRGV faculty member Justin Writer. Justin also narrated!
Piece #2 on the program: an original composition by Gabriel Preusse called Afro Sambas.
By the way, Gabriel’s quartet is published and available! Contact him to learn more.
How did George enact this long-term plan to transform a double bass vacuum into one of the most vibrant bass scenes in the country? What can others do to build their own double bass scene, no matter where they live?
That’s what we dig into in this interview.
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