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Greg Youmans

(One Year Leave)

Greg Youmans

biography

A native of Boise, I began musical instruction in public school, starting in 5th grade on an old cornet that my dad had played, being inspired by Al Hirt, Herb Alpert, and Doc Severinsen. I began the bass soon after and played them both through high school, playing in the Boise State University Community Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, while also participating Math Club, and winning All-Conference honors in football as a center on the offensive line. 

In Boise I won scholarships on bass to the AFM Congress of Strings at University of Washington,  Boise State University, and Grand Prize in the Idaho Federated Music Clubs Solo Competition. Following that were scholarships to the Stetson Summer Institute, Aspen, and the University of Texas at Austin where I earned a degree in music performance as a student of Stuart Sankey, formerly of the Julliard faculty.   

During college I played in various regional orchestras in Texas, joined the Austin Symphony, and developed an appreciation for traditional folk music. After college I pursued  diverse freelance musical activities and learned old time fiddle. I spent several years traveling throughout North America and western Europe playing in streets and public markets. My busking (busking: the art of public performing with a receptacle for donations — not to be confused with begging or panhandling) activities eventually resulted in the development of my one-man-band, The Not Quite Fulharmonic Orchestra, an acoustic back pack percussion instrument played with fiddle or guitar.  

I spent the 1990's based in Seattle where I played regularly at Pike Place Market, regional fairs and festivals, nightclubs (mostly blues) and once again, in regional orchestras. I revived my horn playing with a Seattle street band and my opportunities to participate in the Honkfest West and HonkTX Festivals are currently among my favorite musical activities   

I also have a long-time affiliation with the Okanogan Family Barter Faire doing a food booth, Rice Around the World.   

I joined the Spokane Symphony bass section in February 2000.  I currently reside in Loon Lake, WA and am also a member of the Yakima and Walla Walla Symphonies. I teach very little and spend a good deal of time on the road. I volunteer for Spokane Public Radio and a member of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane (PJALS) and serve on it's Palestine-Israel Human Rights Committee (PIHRC). I'm  a founding member of the P-Jammers Community Marching Band, (or PJAMRS - the Peace and Justice Activist Musical Rascals of Spokane) and have been involved with both the Spokane and Yakima Orchestra Committees, and the boards of AFM local 105, and the Regional Orchestra Players' Association (ROPA).

I grew up listening to my dad's truck radio and my sister's rock albums - Ray Charles, Roger Miller, the British invasion, etc. I have an affinity for late sixties - early seventies rock including Beatles, Frank Zappa, and the Grateful Dead. Classically, I'm a Bach-Beethoven- Mahler kind of guy. Currently my favorite band is Red Elvises - surf rock based with Russian idioms and insightful, funny lyrics, as well as their predecessor band, Limpopo - Russian folk music with a groove. 

Between my orchestra circuit and the Not Quite Fulharmonic, I continue to make appearances throughout the great northwest, and in between gigs I enjoy snow skiing and jumping into lakes, often at a family cabin at my favorite place, McCall, Idaho.

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