2015 Registration Now Open!

Hello RDYB friends! Registration for the 2015 conference is now open and ready to go. Print out and mail in registration form (new look) is available online Click here to download mail-in form (PDF).

For the second year in a row, online registration is also available.Online registration does cost a 5% surcharge, however as an online exclusive, you may pay for and reserve your 2015 conference t shirt with your registration.

Remember, recital performances are limited to the first 30 students, so register early to reserve your spot in a recital.

2014 Bass Conference Evening Concerts

The Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists annual conference supports two evening concerts after an invigorating day of classes. Saturday’s concert features the clinicians and foundation alumni, and Friday is an all conference mega bass orchestra.

Every year after leaving the Saturday night concerts, I can’t help but think, “that was the best concert ever, there is no way that it could ever be topped!” This year was no exception. This year, as always, the faculty stunned and amazed with a broad diversity of different styles and musical sounds including electric bass, ampeg baby bass, and a range of upright double basses. I think the thing that set this year apart the most, was the cozy Music Hall venue. Here, it was easy to witness some of the more tender and intimate sounds and nuances of the double bass. The clinicians carefully programmed the concert to take listeners on a sonic journey. Full Clinician Concert Program.

Friday night, students gave enthusiastic small group performances in trios to quintets and more. Following all small ensembles, all bass players united into a huge, two-tiered bass orchestra that spilled off of the stage onto the apron in the house. It was a true surround sound moment. Full Friday Student Concert Program.

RDYB @ Madison Soup

madisonsoup_logo_horizontalRDYB has been given the opportunity to present a ‘project idea’ at the Madison Soup this Sunday, March 16, 2014. This is the first of many scholarship fundraisers yet to come this year. Come support the foundation and scholarships for young bassists ! You must RESERVE TICKETS ahead of time online. We have already had 2 scholarship applicants this year– To keep the annual conference accessible to all young bassists that wish to attend, we will need more money this year and in the future. Read more about our scholarship program on our website HERE, and check back frequently, since the scholarship section is still new and constantly changing ! More information on the event below:


You! if you live or work in Madison, come check out the Soup on Sunday. Remember, the presenters with the most votes are the ones that get the $$ ! Tickets reserved or purchased ahead of time online. There will be one other charity at the soup this Sunday, The Lang Family House of Terror, a fundraiser to provide alternative activities for teens fighting addiction.

What is the Madison Soup?

The Madison Soup is a micro-granting organization that seeks to support projects that benefit the Madison area community. They bring in chefs from local restaurants to cook 2 (veggie and vegan friendly) soups, served while the local non profits are giving presentations. Attendees pay $10 for the meal (Menus different every time–March 16 menu available here), and listen to 2-5 non profits and charities present information about their projects.

Once everyone has presented, the audience (the diners) vote on the project that they want the money to go to. All of the proceeds from the dinner go to the organization that gets the most votes.


Sunday March 16, 2014.


Sector 67, 2100 Winnebago St., Madison, WI


Please Spread the Word,



2014 Bass Conference Poster and Brochures NOW HERE!

Know some young bassists?

Want to spread the word ?

Problem solved. PRINTABLE (black and white or color) posters now here thanks to the sweet skills of our fantastic graphic design team. But what to do with these sweet informational sources you ask? Post at your school, youth symphony, hand them out to your friends, keep an extra copy in your bass case, show it to your private lesson teacher, share it with your mentor/mentee, tape it to your music folder, origami it into an electric bass, origami it into an upright bass, color it in yourself, the possibilities are endless!


But Wait! There’s more!

A Tri-Fold too!



Click to download PDF!


RD Bass Conference Clinicians featured on legendary bass blog, “For Bass Players Only”

The blog, “For Bass Players Only”, as the title indicates, is a great forum for bass players to talk,share stories, and update each other with upcoming gigs, publications etc. Two Richard Davis Foundation Bass Conference clinicians, Mr. Jerry Jemmott and Mr. Larry Hutchinson were recently Featured on this site.



Each sharing individual experiences and information about what ‘they’re up to’ on the interviews, it’s easy to see that two bassists have a wide range of musical experiences, which although they’re representing an example of the true diversity of RD Clinicians, are united through the aspects of teaching and a desire to continue learning and putting the bass out front.




HutchinsonFBOCheck out their interviews on For Bass Players Only: Jerry Jemmott interview here, and Larry Hutchinson interview here.


NEA Jazz Master Award and Ceremony 2014

Congratulations Richard!

Yesterday, Monday, January 14, 2014, Richard Davis was inducted into the Jazz Masters Hall of Fame. Monday night, live from Lincoln Center, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded four musicians and jazz advocates with the highest honor America bestows on Jazz musicians. The articles below capture details about the lifetime achievement award, and Richard’s reception of it. Please take a look !
Video documentary by NEA:

UW Press Release

NEA Press Release 

Wisconsin State Journal 


Copy of the webcast from the NEA Awards Ceremony: