Ian Haegele started learning bass in 2004. He has a BM in string performance (CU Boulder ’14), a MM in string performance (UNC Greeley ‘18), as well as a MM Performance certificate from the Bluegrass and Studies program at UNC Greeley. Music has taken him all around the U.S. and to countries abroad. Included in the places he’s gone to and performed are: Canada, France, Ireland, and the U.K.  

Though his studies focused on orchestral, chamber, and solo repertoire, he’s always had a passion for bluegrass and folk music. He performs regularly with bluegrass/country/Americana bands Thunder and Rain, Long Road Home, and the Martin Gilmore Trio.  He also continues to perform with orchestras and musical ensembles in the Front Range and subs regularly with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. Other groups Ian has performed onstage with include the Jeff Austin Band, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, K.C. Groves, Masontown, the Lonesome Days, and many others.

Some of the skills students will work on and develop in lessons are: listening skills, flexibility and strength development, technique and repertoire, and strong fundamental musical abilities on the bass (scales, chords, etudes, etc.). Be it classical, bluegrass, country, blues, jazz, or something else, students will have musical variety in their musical studies.  He wants students to have enjoyment and genuine interest in learning the bass and playing music with others, in order to help create more bassists, for a better world.