Junior Entrepreneurial Studies student Zach Jeppesen, was awarded a grant to fund his research through UNO’s Fund for Undergraduate Scholarly Experience under the mentorship of Professor Jeremy Baguyos. Zach is conducting research on an otherwise discarded, antique three string bass from the New England area, found in extreme disrepair. In doing so his aim is to preserve and study the historical musical performance practice of the 3-string double bass prior to the American twentieth century.
Zach reflects, “Ideally by the end of this year my efforts will culminate in a public performance of a period accurate piece on the restored instrument. Of course, this hinges on whether I am able to bring the bass to playable condition. This is a huge if considering the instrument was in shambles when we found it and it would present a serious challenge even to experienced luthiers. In the event that the antique bass is not playable I will perform the piece on a contemporary bass in a 19th century, three string tuning.”
Congratulations to Zach Jeppesen on this honor and many thanks to Jeremy Baguyos for his mentorship.