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New Paths & Possibilities

In presentation at JazzConnect Conference at APAP|NYC, bassist Gerald Veasley explains how his Bass BootCamp and its participants taught him a valuable life lesson

Gerald Veasley's Bass Boot Camp

I’m here today to talk about the Bass BootCamp, an instructional program for bass players. My talk is also about what you do when you’re at an intersection. You may be at an intersection yourself-that place where you have to decide whether to continue in the direction you’re headed or to turn in another direction.

I was at an intersection back in 2002 when I came up with the idea of the Bass BootCamp. I sat around my kitchen table with my wife Roxanne and a business partner, Lee Patterson and designed this program that would inform and inspire bass players of all levels. Roxanne designed all the administrative and payment systems, Lee was in charge of operations and logistics and I was responsible for the curriculum and the faculty. None of us knew anything about marketing. Nonetheless, I was confident that there was a world of aspiring professionals who could benefit from the idea.

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