Brenton M. Kossak, bass 1990s

bio written 2017


Music is simply the best. It’s the only thing that I’m really convinced about. Though starting music at a late age, 15 years old, I immediately fell in love with the electric bass. A few years later this musical path brought me to the contrabass and into the welcoming tutelage of Bill Benson. Bill taught me all of my fundamentals and almost certainly laid out the foundation that allowed me the opportunity to take on being a musician professionally.


While studying with Bill, I was invited to play with and coach at the Conejo Valley Youth Orchestra a great number of times. I was thrilled to play a plethora of wonderful pieces: Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony, Dvořák’s New World Symphony, Borodin’s Prince Igor, and so many others!


The most striking thing for me, coming back to play with CVYO now and again, is how much the orchestra has continued to grow and improve. Every time I come back, they’re better than they were the last time! It’s just astounding!


As for me, I still play the bass professionally. I’ve had the good fortune to play with orchestras, in musical pits, rock bands, jazz groups, salsa bands, and experimental ensembles. It’s a precarious profession, but a fulfilling one that Bill and the CVYO helped prepare me for! Very recently, I moved to Tucson, AZ with my fiancé Kathryn. She’s the new Principal Trumpet of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and I’ll be auditioning for the symphony as well in September, 2017.

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