Bruce Bransby, recently retired professor of double bass at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, was principal double bass with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, and Andre Previn, having served as principal double bass with the Kansas City Symphony before that. He studied with Nat Gangursky, Peter Mercurio, and Stuart Sankey. Professor Bransby performs widely as soloist and chamber player and has premiered numerous works, including several concertos for the double bass. While in Los Angeles, he was active in studio recordings for motion pictures and television. He was a faculty member at California State University Northridge, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, the California Music Center, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and was a performing member of the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival from 1987 through 2017. His students hold positions in many of the world's finest symphony orchestras, among them the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony.