Kevin Becker – Double Bass

Background

Portrait of Kevin Becker

My musical background started in grade school with the piano, taking lessons and playing in recitals.  In middle school, after trying several instruments at a music department open house, I decided to start playing the string bass.  Soon after, I also started playing bass guitar.  I was a part of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra throughout high school, finishing with Senior Symphony in 2004.  In my senior year of high school, I was also involved in the symphonic band, marching band, orchestra, jazz band and pit orchestra for school musicals.  

After a short break in college, I started playing string bass again with Carroll University’s (Carroll College back then) Wind Symphony and in a small group with the Vocal Collective choir there.  We performed with Anders Åstrand and the Global Percussion Network, along with the Trombones de Costa Rica, which was a great experience.  Post-college, I continued to play bass guitar in a couple of bands with friends, but I took a break from the string bass.  In 2016, a friend encouraged me to start playing again, so I joined the MFSO.

Pieces from movie scores are what I enjoy the most, both performing and listening to.  Some of my favorite MSO and CSO concerts are ones where they play along with the movie.  Aside from movies, I would say my favorite concert was the Iceland Symphony performing D’OM LE VRAI SENS by Kaija Saariaho.  It was a very interesting piece, with a solo clarinet who moved throughout the concert hall during each movement. 

I have been heavily involved in computers and technology since I was young.  I decided to make a career out of it and currently work for a local college as a System Administrator.  I’ve always enjoyed figuring out how things work at a technical level and solving problems.  I also enjoy the electronic side of music, occasionally playing with synthesizer apps on my computer and tablet.

Aside from technology and music, I enjoy taking motorcycle rides, paddleboarding, going to air shows like the EAA AirVenture, and photography.

Links to a couple of the performances I mention:

  1. Carroll Wind Symphony/Wisconsin Wind Orchestra with Global Percussion Network and Trombones de Costa Rica: You will need a spotify account to listen to this recording. It can be a free account. https://open.spotify.com/album/5QSLcOJ7FsMzwCrXPyap11?si=VCjwojexQKyGmlQuIezssg
  2. Iceland Symphony performing D’OM LE VRAI SENS: