Help Us Celebrate the ISB's 50th Anniverary in 2017!
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Basses loaded! A photo from the first conference of the International Institute for String Bass, now the ISB, in 1967 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
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The International Society of Bassists was founded in 1967 by Gary Karr, who wanted to give his fellow bassists the feeling of belonging to something exciting and special. From its first gathering of some 60 bassists at the University of Wisconsin in June, 1967, to the latest convention in 2015 at Colorado State University, which attracted over 1,400 participants, the ISB has continued to grow in scope and influence. We now inspire, educate and connect nearly 3,000 members in over 40 countries!
As we approach our 50th anniversary, ISB President Douglas Mapp has been inspired to start a first-ever biennial fund drive, not only to support our organization's ongoing outreach, but also to help make our 2017 convention, June 5th-10th at Ithaca College, the biggest and best ever.
Every gift, large and small, is deeply appreciated and brings us closer to our goal. Donate in honor or memory of a teacher, artist, colleague or family member who has enriched your life. Donate because the ISB is your professional society, as a performer and educator.
Donate today, because it's all about Bass Love for the instrument that unites us.
The ISB sends a big "thank you" out to these generous supporters of our 50th anniversary fund drive to date! Thanks to you, we have raised over $46,000 so far. We have less than $4,000 to go to reach our goal!
Last Updated: 04/18/2017
Han Han Cho
Todd and Darla Coolman
Kingdom of the Sun Concert Band
Tall Bill Siefkin
Glenn Woodside Sr.
If you've made a donation to the drive but your name is missing from the list of donors-to-date above,