"The bass, no matter what kind of music you're playing, it just enhances the sound and makes everything sound more beautiful and full."
Charlie Haden

Bass Teachers

Paul Firak

Originally from Chicago,Paul has been a member of the Las Vegas Philharmonic since 2000. Paul is also an active freelance musician who's credits include among others The Phantom of the Opera,Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Mama Mia, Spamalot, Avenue Q and a Canadian tour of Miss Saigon.
In addition to performing Paul is also an educator. He is the Adjunct Professor of Double Bass at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas as well a double bass coach with the Clark County School District,working with both the middle and high school levels. Paul also maintains a private teaching studio at Violin Outlet.
Paul received a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of Northern Colorado(Greeley) where he studied double bass with James Vaughn. Other teachers include Christopher Hanulik (Los Angeles Philharmonic) and Thomas Lederer (Dallas Symphony).

Richard Straub

Richard Straub grew up in South Bend, Indiana and was a cello student of the renowned Marian Johnson. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.M. in Music Education where he studied double bass with Murray Grodner and jazz with David Baker. While in the "President's Own" Marine Band, he studied four years with Roger Scott, principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Straub moved to Las Vegas in 1975, and is currently in demand as a cellist, bassist, and pianist.