BETHANY, W.Va. – Amanda McCoy, a sophomore music major at Bethany, has been accepted to Bass At The Beach, a five day conference for serious bass guitar students. McCoy was among 60 students selected to attend the conference to be held February 14-18, 2007 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The program, designed for the bassist who is serious about the instrument, allows students to play a minimum of 10 hours of bass each day by attending concerts, master classes and panel discussions. Master class topics include right and left hand techniques, improvisation, groove playing, rhythm section concepts and reading proficiency.

A recording of McCoy’s playing was required in the application process. Her audition material included three original compositions and four cover tunes. The cover tunes included works performed by Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten and Van Morrison.

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Music Pandel Collaros helped to arrange and record McCoy’s audition demo tape.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent Bethany College at Bass At The Beach,” said McCoy. “The guidance and support I have received from Pandel Collaros has been essential to my acceptance into this conference.”
McCoy started playing guitar at the age of three and has studied bass guitar under Collaros and Molly Pauken. She is also a vocalist, keyboardist, harmonicist and songwriter. McCoy, heavily involved with the music program at Bethany, is a member of the Classical Guitar and Pops Ensembles.

Currently, McCoy is working in the studio recording her first CD. This summer she plans to tour with jazz musician Ryan Saranich.
“There are so many people who have helped me get to where I am today,” said McCoy. “I can’t thank my family, Pandel and Molly enough for all that they have done for me.”
Bass At The Beach was founded by bassist Steve Bailey and will be held at the Ocean Dunes Resort and Conference Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C.