Faculty & Staff

Glenn Dewey

Double Bass/Electric Bass

Adjunct Applied Faculty 
  • Double Bass/Electric Bass
  • Mason Music Productions Executive Producer
  • B.M., University of Illinois
  • M.M., Northwestern University

Bassist Glenn Dewey is one of the most versatile and in demand performers and educators in America today.

Mr. Dewey’s earliest musical experiences started in his hometown of Duluth Minnesota at six years old singing in his church and at the Duluth Gospel Mission. Piano lessons soon followed as did double bass lessons by the age of 12.

As a teenager, Glenn came to the realization that most genres of music included a bass player. Always keen to try his hand at something new, he immersed himself in an array of styles of music. His fluency in many musical languages has provided him with a wealth of memorable experiences and opportunities throughout his diverse career as a performer, recording musician, and educator.

After graduating from Duluth Central High School he was accepted by the University of Minnesota in Duluth to pursue Jazz studies.  After his sophomore year he transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign where he studied with Michael Cameron and performed in the renowned big band of Prof. John Garvey.

After receiving his Bachelor of Music in Performance degree from the U of I, Mr. Dewey was offered a position at Millikin University in Decatur Illinois. This commercial music curriculum allowed him to further hone his performing and pedagogical skills as a specialist in multiple musical styles. For seven years he taught double bass and electric bass as well as the jazz improvisation classes and combos in styles as diverse as country, traditional jazz, hard rock and bop.

During this same time Mr. Dewey went on to pursue a Master of Music in performance at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he was accepted into the studio of internationally recognized soloist and pedagogue, Jeff Bradetich.

Upon completion of his Masters Degree, Glenn auditioned for, and subsequently won, a position as bassist with “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band and Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C.

After reporting for duty with “The President’s Own” in 1994 he accepted teaching positions at both Shepherd College in Shepherdstown West Virginia (where he taught until 2002) and also at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia where he recently completed his 24th year as Professor of Bass.

As an adjunct Professor at GMU, “Prof.” Dewey has been the director of jazz combos, the Area Coordinator for the String program and for the last seven years has been the Executive Producer of a program he cultivated called Mason Music Productions. This highly successful initiative allows George Mason’s music students an abundance of opportunities to hone their craft in and around campus for University and alumni events. These paid performances allow the students an opportunity to refine their music reading skills, network with other musicians, familiarize themselves with standard repertoire, work on communication skills and represent the University in a unique and positive way in the community. Since 2012 this highly successful initiative has provided over 2000 performing opportunities for the students in the school of music.

As a freelance artist in the Washington metropolitan area and throughout the country, Glenn frequently performs with the nation’s top jazz artists. He regularly performs at local clubs such as Twins Lounge, the One Step Down (now defunct) and Blues Alley, for regional jazz festivals such as the East Coast Jazz Festival and the Rosslyn Jazz Festival, and he has performed throughout the country at clubs such as the Jazz Showcase in Chicago Illinois, Nature’s Table in Champaign Illinois and at the Elephant Room in Austin, Texas. Glenn can be heard on the Summit Records recording “love songs” with artist Harry Watters and the Grammy nominated album by Julie Keim “Only Yesterday” on Summit Records.

As a pop/rock artist Glenn has run the musical spectrum of limited engagement performances. Some of the numerous artists with whom he has performed include country artists Toby Keith, Marty Stuart and Larry Gatlin, Broadway artists Tommy Tune, Steve Allen and Michael Feinstein and impromptu performances with artists like Stevie wonder, Sir Paul McCartney and Arturo Sandoval.

As a classical performer Mr. Dewey has worked with artists such as YoYo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Leon Fleisher and he has played under the baton of Minnesota Orchestra’s Music Director Osmo Vänskä, Detroit Symphony Orchestra conductor Leonard Slatkin, Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel and was a soloist at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts performing the suite “Catch Me If You Can” with composer and conductor John Williams on the podium. Glenn can also be heard performing on the Naxos recording “Carmen Symphony” under the baton of conductor and composer José Serebrier. Recently Glenn won an Emmy Award as Best Special Event Programming for his participation in The US Marine Band’s three-part series on PBS television of “The All-Star Band – Masterpieces for Symphonic Band” Directed by Maestro Gerard Schwartz.

Glenn frequently performs with regional orchestras such as the Fairfax Symphony and at theaters such as the Shakespeare Theatre in DC and the Signature Theatre in Arlington Va.  Additionally, he has performed throughout the country at some of the nation’s top concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in N.Y., The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana, Illinois, Benaroya Hall in Seattle Washington, Strathmore Concert Hall in Bethesda Maryland, and he is a frequent performer at the Kennedy Center for the Performing arts in Washington DC.

Mr. Dewey has proudly performed in 49 of our 50 states and his music has also taken him abroad to Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. He has been on eight national concert tours with the United States Marine band (and ensemble with which he has been a member since 1994 – 15 years as principal bass) and was a featured soloist in a seven-week, 11 state North-Eastern concert tour. Additionally, Mr. Dewey performed in front of a crowd of approximately 400,000 at the National Mall for the “We are One” concert in support of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural.

Glenn is committed to influencing music’s young future stars. He is an active member of the artistic staff for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Furthermore, promising pupils in secondary school can attend the highly successful Ovations Summer Strings Academy at George Mason under his direction. This week-long orchestral camp focuses on chamber music and small ensemble playing and provides a summer opportunity for approximately 100 students each year. His goal is to provide the same immersive environment with the same high standard and quality of instruction that he was fortunate enough to have at their age.

Glenn Dewey resides in Bristow Virginia with his wife Lori. They have three talented, funny and successful adult children Andrew, Miles and Corinne, a grand-daughter Jaina and a fur baby golden lab named Brandi

Contact Prof. Dewey:  gdewey1@gmu.edu