Ian Draves picked up his first electric bass at the age of ten. Starting middle school Ian took upright bass lessons and played in orchestra and jazz band. In 2007 he continued his education at Washington High School learning from Natalie Brown (Orchestra), Steve Stanley (Band/Jazz Band), and Dr. Gerald Kreutzer (Choir). While taking private lessons from John Hall and Richard Wagor, Ian performed in every ensemble he could get into.
Ian attended Kirkwood Community College and started taking private lessons with Jeanette Welch. During college, he started leading and arranging for his school’s Jazz combo and vocal jazz combo and winning multiple soloist awards at multiple festivals.
Currently, Ian works at West Music as a String Sales Consultant, while managing a local 9-piece Soul/Funk Band Soul Sherpa. Along with these activities, he performs in many musical ensembles in the area: Theater Cedar Rapids Pit Orchestra, Cedar Rapids Big Band, and multiple jazz combos to name a few.
Learn more about taking lessons with Ian or any of our music instructors. Call West Music at 800-373-2000, or learn more at Looking4Lesson.com and schedule your first class online!