The Annual Bass BootCamp comes to Philadelphia Led by Philly Native Gerald Veasley and World Class Bass Faculty! Bass players from around the country will join Philadelphia’s own internationally renowned performer Gerald Veasley for the 14th Annual Bass BootCamp® (BBC), which will convene for the first time in Philadelphia, PA on March 13-15, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West.
The BBC is an eductaional seminar attended annually by bass players of all ages, levels and genre. Having toured with the likes of jazz legends Grover Washington, Jr. and Joe Zawinul, Veasley brings his real world experience to the classroom. Among the previous BBC faculty are Victor Wooten, Will Lee, Richard Bona, Stu Hamm, Bakithi Kumalo, and Matthew Garrison . This year’s all-star faculty includes Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band) and Doug Wimbish (Living Colour).
From beginners to seasoned players, the camp offers attendees a unique combination of information and inspiration. The three-day weekend includes hands on practical instruction along with jam sessions, master classes, and panel discussions. Though the instructors are world reknown, they are not as intimidating as the “BootCamp” name would suggest. “Gerald makes everything easy and his instructors make everything easy; you don’t feel intimidated” reports one novice camper.
Participants appreciate the sense of community as much as the actual instrucion. Educator/author Patrick Pffeifer calls the BBC “a community information exchange on steroids”. Pfeiffer also describes the non-jugmental environment of the camp, “if you make a mistake, the whole community is there to pick you up and if you do well, the whole community is there to embrace you. It is a very powerful experience.”
The full BBC experience includes the Bass BootCamp® EXPO, (March 14th only) an exhibition which showcases bass gear by innovative manufacturers including Ibanez, Aguilar, MTD, LaBella Strings, and many more. The EXPO, which is open to the general public, will also feature a master class by Doug Wimbish from the legendary band Living Colour. The EXPO is followed by an All Star faculty concert, Bass BootCamp Salutes: The Music of Stanley Clarke and Sting.
The Bass BootCamp was founded in 2002 by Gerald Veasley, Roxanne Veasley and Lee Patterson, and has served more than 600 bass players from around the world. A limited number of scholarships to attend the BBC are also offered to qualifying students between the ages of 18-25.
WHAT: 14th Annual Bass Boot Camp®, 4th Annual Bass BootCamp® EXPO & All Star Concert
WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 13th through 5:00 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2015
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West, 4010 City Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131
For more information and registration, visit: www.bassbootcamp.com or call 267-225-8018.