The ISB was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With some 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB is an organization for those who teach, study, play, repair, build and enjoy the double bass. The ISB is a forum for communication among bassists throughout the world and across a wide variety of musical styles. Members receive our journal, Bass World, three times per year and are the first to receive email communications regarding upcoming events, bass news, and more. Every two years the ISB holds an international convention and double bass competition, a composition contest, and now, a makers competition. If you love the double bass, become a member of the International Society of Bassists today!
At the 2015 ISB Convention at Colorado State University, an all-star international team of bass makers selflessly donated long hours of their time and talents to our very first Build A Bass project. One bass (pictured) was left unfinished. It has been seasoning to perfection and is now being finished and professionally set up by award-winning luthier Trevor Davis in his Austin, Texas studio.
You could be the proud owner of this very special instrument!
As an ISB member, you are helping to build a worldwide double bass community that connects people, music and ideas every day, in new and often unexpected ways. Member benefits include . . .
Have you attended ISB conventions in the past and wondered how the ISB selects its convention sites?
We are seeking invitations from potential host colleges and universities!
Want to stay in touch with ISB? Tell us if you want to receive regular communications about events, ways to connect, special opportunities, Monday's "Bass Stuff" emails, and more.
If you love the double bass and benefit from the many ways the ISB brings the worldwide double bass community together, then we need your support!
Members sell their CDs, composition, books, DVDs and other merchandise online at the ISB Store, including the Gary Karr Online Store and new ISB/Gary Karr Rental Library of full and string orchestra scores and parts.
Members can be listed in our Teacher and Luthier directories. Looking for an instructor? Looking for a studio or shop that does repairs or sells instruments and accessories? Search for teachers or luthiers by name or location.
ISB members in good standing are eligible for a group rate on instrument insurance from Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance Solutions, LLC.
ISB Members may browse through 40+ years of publications and learn more about the double bass's history and future in the George Vance Online Resource Library.