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2017 Virginia Senior Regional Video lessons and Play-a-longs

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

I have created some online video lessons and playalongs for those young bassists wishing to audition for 2017 Virginia Regional Orchestras.  Check out the material here:

Enjoy, and good luck!

Anesthesia-Cliff Burton Upright Bass Cover

Monday, July 24th, 2017

I’ve uploaded a few new videos to my Youtube Channel including a cover of Cliff Burton’s Anesthesia which I hope you will like. Please subscribe to the channel and look for more videos in the future.

Prague in September

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

I will be giving a recital and masterclass in Prague Sept 22 and 23, as part of Bass2016. Check them out here:

I’ll be there all week though, so come say hi!

I’ll also be performing with Simón Garcia’s group that week as well!  Hope to see you there for a week of awesome bass!

Texas From March 1- March 5

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

I’ll be teaching and performing in Austin, Amarillo and the TCU International Bass Festival in Abilene, Texas this week!

For Specific Info, click below!

UT Austin


TCU International Bass Festival (2.30 pm on Saturday in PepsiCo Hall)

November in Europe

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Hello Everyone,
I’ll be teaching and performing at music schools and various venues in Oslo, Paris Lucca (It) and London from Nov. 12-24, 2015.  Please check out my events listing for updated information as it comes in. Also, watch my Facebook and Twitter for last minute updates. Finally, if you follow me on Periscope I’ll keep in touch with everyone from the road.   See you soon!

January 2015: Bottesini, Stokes and Bass Ensemble in Williamsburg, VA

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Intergenerational Orchestra and Band Concert

January 24 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

A Night of Bass with Donovan Stokes and the Shenandoah Conservatory Bass Ensemble, Dr. Donovan Stokes, Director Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188

January 25 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra (TIO), will present an exhilarating concert featuring the Bottesini Grand Duo with bassist, Dr. Donovan Stokes, and violinist, Dr. Wanchi Huang at as well as Stokes’ original composition Lament for solo bass and orchestra at Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. More information can be obtained by contacting Dr. Alice Lindsay at, calling 757-761-5542, or the venue directly at (757) 229-3631 or visiting


Friday, April 11th, 2014


On April 9, 2014 the Shenandoah Conservatory Bass Ensemble, directed by Dr. Donovan Stokes,premiered a new work “Bass Quartet” by 12 year old composer Zev Malina. The work was commissioned by Inez WyrickDonovan Stokes and the Bass Coalition.

This four movement, 18 minute work shows not only a love of our noble instrument, but a burgeoning understanding of the double bass and its potential in homogeneous chamber ensemble. The performance will appear soon on Youtube.

Young Mr. Malina (of Harrisburg, PA, is son of conductor Stuart Malina and bassist Marty Malina. Stuart Malina is the conductor of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, a sought after guest conductor and arranger, as well as the recipient of a Tony Award for his work on Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out.”Mrs. Malina is known to the bass community for her early work on maintaing body fitness for double bassists. Young Zev, in addition to being a composer, is already an accomplished pianist exploring both classical and jazz realms. The bass world looks forward to more works for bass from Zev!

To obtain the score and parts, interested parties may contact Mr. Stuart Malina.




More Sheet Music Available: Star of the County Down/Chanter

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Now available online: the sheet music for  Star of the County Down/Chanter, two Celtic tunes arranged for for solo bass.

Get it, and other sheet music, here!

You can hear this work on my solo album  Gadaha

Please enjoy the new offering!

New Sheet Music Available: Gadaha for Solo Bass

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Now available online, the sheet music for  Gadaha, for solo bass in 3 movements.

Get it, and other sheet music, here!

You can hear this work on my solo album of the same name Gadaha

Please enjoy the new offering!

New Sheet Music: Affliction for Bass Ensemble/Orchestra

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Now available online, the bass ensemble Affliction, in 4 parts and written for 2009 ISB Convention. This work has also been played at the Golden Gate Bass Camp and the Bass Coalition Summer Workshop, among other places. Get it, and other sheet music, here!

Please enjoy the new offering!