International Society of Bassists: E-Bass Line May 2015 Convention Countdown

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It’s the final countdown!

There is still time to make your plans to meet everyone in Fort Collins!  Our 2015 Convention is being held June 1-6, 2015. We’re planning a packed week of workshops, masterclasses, recitals, lectures, and exhibits, with views of the Rocky Mountains. Our last convention attracted over 1,200 attendees from over 30 countries. Click here to view a schedule of presenters and register for the convention and on-campus housing.


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ISB2015 App coming soon!

We got an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees at our 2013 convention in Rochester about our first convention app.  It was the most up-to-date and extensive tool for the week.

With the support of Upton Bass and the hard work of our own Allegra Hale, we’re doing it again.  It will be coming out soon, so be ready to customize your convention plans!

ISBconnect… New Name, Same Goal


Back in 2012, we started the site to feature convention highlights and news items from around our bass community.  Over time, your ISB board realized that we needed to change the site address to more accurately reflect our larger mission to be the place where the bass world connects to be inspired and educated.

Come and visit for the latest news, member event calendar, bass travel updates, body & bass videos, college corner,  feature articles on our members and more.  We love it when you comment on articles and give us your feedback.  This is where we can learn from each other and encourage each other along the way.

We have a special “unveiling” at the convention that you don’t want to miss.  We can’t wait to share it with you!

By the way, our home office site ( is still in place.  Go there for all your membership details, membership access areas and archival info.



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