Tyler Chamberlain, 10, flashes a grin as he fiddles with his straw-blond hair. He’s just recalled the time when, shortly after his family moved to the island of Trinidad, he ran home from school with a simple question:
The double bass may not be the grand star of an orchestra, but it knows how to play its position.
Standing as one of the tallest instruments in music, the 6-foot double bass still knows how to get low — in pitch.
Distinguished bassist Curtis Burris, the School of Music’s strings chair, leads the Music School Festival Orchestra’s bass section in its student recital from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in McKnight Hall.
“They’re the basis of the orchestra,” Burris said about his seven bassists. “They’re the foundation.”