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Richard Davis, 1930-2023

To all beautiful bassists, friends, and supporters of the Richard Davis Foundation, It is with heavy hearts that we come together to remember and honor the life of our beloved founder, Richard Davis who passed away peacefully on September 6,…

Save The Date!

Lots of big plans in the works for the 30th Anniversary Bass Conference – Save the date for March 29 & 30, 2024. As per usual, Easter Weekend (also the tail end of MMSD & UW-Madison Spring Break!)

Lvovsky Zwei Stucke now available!

Unfortunately, not many bassists have heard of the composer and bassist Bretislav Lvovsky, or played his works. Thanks to RDYB Clinician Ben Ferris’s recent re-publication (and performances) of Lvovsky’s “Zwei Stücke” (Two Pieces) for Double Bass and Piano, and research…

BASS @ YOUR PLACE

Analog – At Home – Bass ! This year, the annual bass conference will look a bit different.  How it works: young bassists age 3-18, sign up by March 22. We will mail you a special bass box to guide…

April 2020 Bass Conference Canceled

To the whole extended RDYB Family:  Unfortunately the April 2020 Richard Davis Foundation Bass Conference is canceled.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced  that it will be suspending all in person teaching through April 10, at a minimum due to the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic. This…

Letter from a Parent of a Young Bassist

This says it all – Received from a parent of a young bassist April 26, 2019. (This letter was edited to remove students names.)   Dear Richard Davis Bass Conference Clinicians, Organizers and Participants, We are completely humbled and honored…

2019 Student Recital FAQ

  What exactly is a recital? At the Richard Davis Young Bassists’ Conference, recital is usually given solo or with piano accompaniment. Our wonderful accompanist, Beth Wilson is a highly in-demand professional pianist in the Madison area who has been…

Featured Alumni – Cooper Schlegel

A recent post quoted Victor Wooten’s mama via his website: “What does the world need with just another good musician? We have plenty. What the world needs are good people!”  – I can say with confidence that Cooper Schlegel  is one…

Help set Richard’s legacy in stone – Literally.

Go-Fund Me Campaign – Historical Marker on Richard Davis Lane  Many will join me in saying that knowing Richard, through his teaching or otherwise, has left an impression on our lives. Help make his impact known for generations to come by…

Pre-Bass Conference Bass Concert Opportunity

On Thursday, April 18th – the eve of 26th annual Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists Conference (RDYB) – the Victor Wooten Band & the Wooten Woods Experience will be playing at the Wisconsin Union Theater – just down the block from…