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Reader Spotlight: Johnnie Castro

Reader Spotlight: Johnnie Castro

Meet Johnnie Castro, a bassist who has overcome a lot in life, but has broken through to do some amazing work with music. Johnnie is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story...

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Reader Spotlight: Ronnie Brannan

Reader Spotlight: Ronnie Brannan

Meet Ronnie Brannan, who started out on tuba before spotting a bass in his school’s jazz band. “I was drawn to everything about it as soon as it came into my consciousness,” he said. Since then, he’s been doing his thing on the bass. Here’s his story...

Reader Spotlight: Dave Turner

Reader Spotlight: Dave Turner

Meet Dave Turner, a bassist and educator who has an impressive resume in both arenas. Here’s his story…

Reader Spotlight: Drue Williams, Jr.

Reader Spotlight: Drue Williams, Jr.

Meet Drue Williams, Jr., a bassist who got his start thanks to his dad, who was a great Gospel singer and inspired him to take up the instrument. Drue not only performs, but he also started his own bass cabinet company. Here’s his story...

Reader Spotlight: Arnaud Court

Reader Spotlight: Arnaud Court

Meet Arnaud Court, a bassist from France who got his start thanks to the inspiration of Steve Harris and Cliff Burton. He later expanded his list to Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, and many others. Here’s his story…

Reader Spotlight: Brian Haringa

Reader Spotlight: Brian Haringa

READER SPOTLIGHT: Meet Brian Haringa, a bassist from California who got his start on bass thanks to demand, and now relies on his 1969 Fender Jazz (for 20 years and counting). Here’s his story...

Reader Spotlight: Tom Martin

Reader Spotlight: Tom Martin

Meet Tom Martin, a bassist from California who had some great answers to our “Why I Play the Bass” and “Superpower/claim to fame” questions. Here’s his story...

Reader Spotlight: Pedro Zappa

Reader Spotlight: Pedro Zappa

Last year, we shared what turned out to be a very popular video of ZYkR performing “Only Human,” with Pedro Zappa on bass. Now we get to learn more about him in this edition of Reader Spotlight.

Reader Spotlight: Pete Szaszfai

Reader Spotlight: Pete Szaszfai

Meet Pete Szaszfai, a bass player from Phoenix who got his musical start on clarinet before switching to bass. Like many of the readers in the spotlight here, Pete said: “Guitar and drums were already taken in the neighborhood band when I started, so I picked up the bass.” Here’s his story...

Reader Spotlight: Vince Pileggi

Reader Spotlight: Vince Pileggi

Meet bassist Vince Pileggi, who got his start early on thanks to his grandfather and a baritone guitar. He was drawn to the lower strings, which set him on the path to bass. Here’s his story.