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Appleman, Rich

Appleman, Rich , bassist; b. Altoona, PA, 12 March 12 1946. His father was a drummer who loved big bands. He left Altoona in 1964 for the Navy Music Program, did duty with bands on aircraft carriers in Vietnam, and wound up in the Boston Navy Base Band which led to Berklee, where he earned a B.M. in tuba and bass player. He has been teaching at Berklee since 1972, and chairing the Bass Dept. since 1974 when they began the first (or one of the first) electric bass programs. He performs regularly around Boston with the Fringe and many other groups and also worked with Lionel Hampton, Gregory Hines, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and in numerous pit bands for professional musicals. He is an active member of the International Society of Bassists.

Recordings:
The Fringe: Fringe; Live Fringe; Hey Open Up; Boston Pops recordings and numerous radio and television jingles

Bibliography:
Works by Appleman:
Berklee Practice Method - Bass
Get Your Band Together
Reading Contemporary Electric Bass
Contemporary Rhythm for Electric Bass
Chord Studies for Electric Bass (with Joseph Viola)
Column in Bass Player magazine

Contact information:
rappleman@berklee.edu

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