Feature-Our week at Warwick Bass Camp!

Warwick bassOur week in Germany

FBPO visits the Warwick headquarters in Markneukirchen, Germany, for a star-studded week of everything – and everyONE – bass!

By Jon Liebman
September 29, 2014

It’s been a few weeks, but I’m still on a high (er… a low?) from attending the third annual Warwick Bass Camp and Open Day, September 1-6.  The week-long event is the brainchild of longtime bass buddies Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey, hosted by Warwick’s founder and owner, Hans-Peter Wilfer, and flawlessly administered by Ove Bosch, Head of Bass Camp, along with Warwick’s incredible staff.  More than 80 students from over a dozen countries experienced a nonstop week of bass lessons, master classes, jam sessions and informal gatherings, all taking place at the Warwick & Framus headquarters in Markneukirchen, Germany.

In addition to Bailey and Wooten, the list of “professors” was comprised of  bassists Adam Nitti, Bobby Vega, Alphonso Johnson, Kevin “Brandino” Brandon, David Ellefson, Gary Willis, Andy Irvine, Lars Lehmann, John B. Williams, Stu Hamm, Hellmut Hattler, Armand Sabal-Lecco, Jonas Hellborg and Wolfgang Schmid, as well as non-bassists Regi Wooten and Chester Thompson.


L-R: Ralphe Armstrong, Alphonso Johnson, Chuck Rainey, Jon Liebman, Jerry Jemmott

Also on hand to enjoy the week were notables and legends Chuck Rainey, Bakithi Kumalo, Jerry Jemmott, Ralphe Armstrong, Igor Saavedra, Antonella Mazza, Phil Chen, Divinity Roxx, Kai Eckhardt, Norwood Fisher, Ryan Martinie, Emma Anzai, TM Stevens, Marco Mendoza, Steve Lawson, Ed Friedland, Tom Bowlus, Neil Taylor, Evan Brewer and dozens of bass enthusiasts from the U.S., Europe and beyond.  A special shout-out goes to Adam Wooten, Victor’s remarkably mature 13-year-old son, who performed and jammed on drums throughout the week, proving he can hold his own with the best of them.

The week culminated with “Open Day” on Saturday, as thousands of music fans of all ages descended upon Markneukirchen for a full day (and evening) of music, food, drink and fun.  This year’s Open Day included performances by the Andy Irvine Group, Siyou’n’Hell, the Wootens, Dave Roe, Mass Mental (featuring Metallica’s Robert Trujillo with bassist Armand Sabal-Lecco and vocalist Benji Webbe) and Nik West.  If you weren’t there, hopefully the video and photo gallery below will serve as a suitable “next best” thing.  The event was co-sponsored by Gitarre & Bass magazine.

For information on attending next year’s event, August 31-September 5, 2015, click here.

 See our video and photo gallery!


Jon Liebman

In front of Framus & Warwick World HQ!

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo with Jon Liebman

With Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo

Armand Sabal-Lecco, Jon Liebman, Phil Chen, Alphonso Johnson

L-R: Armand Sabal-Lecco, Jon Liebman,
Phil Chen, Alphonso Johnson

John B. Williams, Jon Liebman, Chester Thompson, Stu Hamm

Clockwise from left: John B. Williams, Jon Liebman, Chester Thompson and Stu Hamm

Kai Eckhardt, Jon LIebman

With Kai Eckhardt

Steve Bailey, Jon Liebman

With Steve Bailey

Norwood Fisher, Jon Liebman

With Norwood Fisher

Hans-Peter Wilfer, Jon Liebman

With Hans-Peter ("H-P") Wilfer

Emma Anzai, Jon Liebman

With Sick Puppies bassist Emma Anzai

Jon Liebman, Hellmut Hattler

With Hellmut Hattler

Jon Liebman, Victor Wooten, Ed Friedland

With Victor Wooten and Ed Friedland

Stu Hamm, Jon Liebman

With Stu Hamm

Jonas Hellborg, Jon Liebman

With Jonas Hellborg

Tom Bowlus, Adam Nitti, David Ellefson, Stu Hamm, Jon Liebman

Clockwise from left: Tom Bowlus, Adam Nitti,
David Ellefson, Stu Hamm, Jon Liebman

Lars Lehmann, Jon Liebman

With Lars Lehmann

Phil Chen, Jon Liebman, Bakithi Kumalo

With Phil Chen and Bakithi Kumalo

Jon Liebman, Marco Mendoza

With Marco Mendoza

Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie and Jon Liebman

With Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie

Steve Lawson, Jon Liebman

With Steve Lawson

Jon Liebman, Jerry Jemmott

With Jerry Jemmott

Chuck Rainey, Jon Liebman

With Chuck Rainey

Gary Willis, Jon Liebman

With Gary Willis

Jon Liebman, Ove Bosch, Tom Bowlus

With Ove Bosch and Tom Bowlus

Alphonso Johnson, Jon Liebman

With Alphonso Johnson

Armand Sabal-Lecco, Jon Liebman

With Armand Sabal-Lecco

Bobby Vega, Jon Liebman

With Bobby Vega

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1 Comment

  • All those Bass Players real cool.


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