Thursday, February 04, 2010

Disney and the GRAMMY Foundation Unveil Hand-Painted Basses for Auction

GRAMMY-winning Jazz Bassist/Composer Stanley Clarke said at today's unveiling of five Disney-themed hand painted basses that " is the bridge that brings people together."

True to that theme, Disney Youth Programs and artists from Walt Disney Animation Studios marked the 25th anniversary of Disney Magic Music Days with these custom-designed basses featuring Disney animation films Dumbo, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, The Princess and the Frog and the upcoming Rapunzel.

The basses were unveiled on the GRAMMY Museum Sound Stage.  Each bass design came with its own story. Brian Kesinger, who designed the Aladdin Genie bass, had some help from an auto body shop that volunteered to provide the bass with its Genie-quality shine.  Michael Surrey worked with his daugther Ellen Surrey, an art student, in completing their Dumbo-themed project.  Other designers included Lorelay Bove (The Princess and the Frog bass), Claire Keane (Rapunzel bass), and Douglas Rogers (Chesire Cat bass). 

The basses donated by Conn-Selmer, Inc. were designed by Walt Disney Animation Studio artists for auction.  Julien's Auctions, which specializes in entertainment memorabilia, will conduct the auction on June 26, 2010 at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas.  In the months prior to the auction, each bass will be on display in various locations including the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, Planet Hollywood in New York, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. 

The proceeds of the auction will benefit the GRAMMY In The Schools® music education programs of the GRAMMY Foundation®. The unveiling of these basses also featured alumni from GRAMMY Camp - Devon Eisenbarger (guitar/vocals) and Edwin Carranza (bass). Check out the video of the performance below and see the talent that can be cultivated in the GRAMMY Foundation's music education programs.

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For more information on the instruments and auction, visit

-Charity Tran

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