Fall 2017 President’s Award Bass Scholarship Winner: Isaac Derosa

Bass Program Chair Maurice Verloop (lt) with Isaac Derosa (rt)

The 2017 President’s Award Bass Scholarship has been awarded to Musicians Institute Bass Program student: Isaac Derosa.  The talented Portland, OR bassist earned the prestigious award with a strong demonstration of his diverse musical skills in the rock, metal and jazz genres.

Describing his reasons for coming to MI, Isaac states, “I hope to learn as much as I possibly can! I’m excited to learn how to play new genres, learn new techniques, and just anything MI has to offer. MI has been my end game since I was in 8th grade, and I knew from an early age that I was meant to be a performer. After delving into the school’s history, I learned that a lifelong favorite band of mine: Avenged Sevenfold’s vocalist and guitarist Synyster Gates had graduated from MI. That information helped me to manifest the desire and willpower to push myself to grow as an artist and pursue my dream school.”

He sees his education as an important key to achieving his career goal and dreams of being able to “create, become part of the recording process, and to build a strong foundation with a band in which we can create and perform music that will hold the same power and meaning that drove me to pursue music. I want to be a part of an art that will evoke all emotions and that people can find their own meaning in.”

Everyone at MI would like to congratulate Isaac on winning this prestigious award.

Special thanks to MI’s longtime owner Histake Shibuya for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Isaac with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful and creative careers in the music industry.

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