The ISB's gala 50th anniversary at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, New York, attracted some 1,400 participants from 34 countries. In addition to five packed days of performances, lectures and masterclasses, there were six competitions, exhibitors from around the world, a college fair for high school aged bassists, a Young Bassists Program, an Adult Learners Program, and ISB After Hours, where attendees gathered in the Campus Center to raise a glass to the day's events. From the cheers for the opening keynote address and performance by ISB founder Gary Karr to the launch of the new Scott LaFaro Archives, from the rich variety of performers from around the world making their ISB debuts to warm welcomes for returning favorites, the 2017 ISB convention never failed to amaze with each passing hour, each and every day. Words cannot express our gratitude to 50th anniversary convention chair and professor of bass at Ithaca College Nicholas Walker, our Chair of Technical Productions Brian Dozoretz, also the Manager of Recording Services at Ithaca College, Margie Malepe, director of the Office of Campus Center and Event Services at Ithaca College, and the entire administration, faculty and staff of Ithaca College for allowing us to transform their School of Music into the center of the double bass universe for a memorable and very special week.
Watch this space for information about the 2019 ISB Convention, when we'll make the magic happen once again!