Meet Adam Duym, a trumpeter-turned-bassist who now teaches music for a living, as well as actively gigs in a band and as a sub.
Adam is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight (you could be next!) Here’s his story…
I was your quintessential “band nerd” in high school, playing trumpet in the wind ensemble, jazz band, marching band, pit orchestra, and symphony orchestra. I picked up the bass at age 15. It was a perfect fit, and I immediately started learning everything I could. After a brief foray as a chemistry major in college, I knew I needed to major in music, my true love. The only problem was that I didn’t want to play the trumpet anymore, and there wasn’t an electric bass program at my university. So, I was fortunate enough to major in Steel Pan (Steel Drums) and I learned an absolutely immense amount about the pan and its amazing history. Now I’m a K-5 music educator, choral conductor, husband and father, and bassist.
I teach K-5 music and conduct a 100-student choir.
Bands & Gigs:
I play with a group called the Dan Dillett Experience, and I sub for other local Chicago area groups. I play every week at Rejoice Lutheran Church in Geneva, IL, and teach lessons and do studio work as well.
- Roscoe Century Signature 5
- Roscoe Century Standard Plus 6
- Roscoe Century Standard Plus 5 fretless
- Roscoe SKB Standard Plus 5
- Genz Benz Shuttle 9.0
- Gigmaster Soundworks (Greenboy Design) 15/6/1
Why I play the bass:
I had great role models through high school, and it was the 90’s, so there was a lot of fun bass to listen to! I knew a lot of guitarists, so I figured I should play bass to compliment what already existed…it was the best semi-selfless choice I’ve ever made.
My bass superpower/claim to fame:
I think my only ‘claim to fame’ is inspiring others to explore and dive deep into music through teaching at a public school, teaching privately, playing at church, and performing out. I love seeing kids’ faces light up when they hear me play, and seeing people twice my age take the dancefloor while I’m playing is awesome, too!
Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Michael League (of Snarky Puppy), Pino Palladino, and non-bass players like Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis (my steel pan teachers and mentors), and Jacob Collier.