I am an orchestral Bassist, Ask me anything!
It all started in elementary school, 5th grade for me. Orchestra started in 4th grade at my school, but I didn't want to play the "normal" instruments. (Violin, Viola, cello) I wanted to play the instrument that was bigger than me. But that meant that I would have to wait an extra year.
First day of 5th grade I walked into my orchestra class, and when asked what I wanted to be I said, "I want to be a Bass". After I said that the room went silent. I was the only kid in the school who signed up for bass. My career went on into high school, where I started to pick up with my learning. Getting a bass guitar and getting into jazz. But I Stuck with the orchestra life, for my senior recital I tackled my first concerto. The Capuzzi double bass concerto in D.
Then I moved onto collage, going to the Cleveland Institute of Music. Once I graduated (only 2 years ago) I moved back home and have been with the local "semi-professional" orchestra for the last year and a half.
http://imgur.com/gallery/9DIcbbb That's my bass section and me
http://imgur.com/gallery/NuRzY6o That's one of 2 basses.
http://imgur.com/gallery/4EgsnxH My playing, I apologize for the bad quality of sound and video, but my phone is on the verge of dying, and the microphone is shot. As well as my room having horrible acoustics.
That's my story, do you have any questions?