International Competition for Bass Players

- Press Release

Coastal Carolina University is sponsoring the first annual Bass Extremes International Contemporary Bass Competition and Concert on Oct. 7 in Wheelwright Auditorium.

Open to contestants of all ages, this competition, a first of its kind, is designed to find new up-and-coming solo bass guitar players who are inventing and exploring new techniques that have contributed to making the bass a solo instrument.

Created by internationally renowned bass player and CCU Artist-in-Residence Steve Bailey, the competition will determine four finalists who will perform before a panel of international musicians. Judges/panelists in addition to Bailey include Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson and Gregg Bissonette, all accomplished and influential stars of the instrumental music world. The four finalists who are selected from a semi-final pool of 20 contestants will perform in the Oct. 7 concert.

The competition is divided into two segments:

1. A preliminary round, whereby four finalists are chosen after submission of application and recorded materials.

2. These four finalists will be flown to Myrtle Beach, SC for the final round, to be performed live in front of an audience and the judges on Friday, October 7, 2005.

Each applicant can receive a review of their recording by including a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their application.

Judging Criteria

- Originality of sound and/or style
- Tone Quality and Intonation
- Harmonic and Improvisational Interest
- Consistency of time and feel
- Musical form/development
- Control of dynamics
- Overall impact of performance


- A Grand prize of $10,000.00 U.S.*, and a cameo appearance
- with Bass Extremes on their next recording project.
- A second prize of $5000.00 U.S.*
- A third place award of $3000.00 U.S.*
- A fourth place award of $2000.00 U.S.*
- Five (5) Honorable Mention Awards of $500.00 U.S.*
*These awards are a combination of Cash and Equipment.

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