A booming voice rings out, telling a story of music and teaching as Frederick “Dave” Snider speaks of his occasional need to show off.
“Regardless of what people say, you go out there for one reason and one reason only: you have an ego,” Snider said in regards to performing, as he sat surrounded by his piano and bass.
Snider, a WSU bass instructor, will perform a free jazz concert tonight at 8 p.m. in the Kimbrough Concert Hall.
Snider’s concert will blend solo and group performances.
“I wanted to try and do some solo bass playing,” Snider said. “Just having a bass come out by himself, or a trumpet player by himself, or a sax player by himself to do a jazz concert normally doesn't happen.”
While he said he would have enjoyed doing an entirely solo concert, Snider recruited Richard Kriehn, a mandolin player and previous WSU faculty member, and Jazz Northwest to perform with him.
Snider arranged several of the pieces Jazz Northwest will play.
Gregory Yasinitsky, director for the WSU School of Music, plays the saxophone in Jazz Northwest. The group, which has performed together for 15 years, is happy to play alongside Snider, Yasinitsky said.
“We wanted a WSU faculty jazz group,” he said.
The group gives people the chance to hear great jazz musicians, Yasinitsky said. Snider is a terrific bass player.
Snider’s experienced musical career includes 24 years of playing in military bands all over the world in places like London, Paris and Moscow.
“We're out there showing the students that they're learning from someone who has some experience,” he said. “So, someone who has played all over the world.”
Snider said the music department uses these faculty concerts to show their own interpretation of WSU’s motto: 'World Class. Face to face.’ He wants students leaving WSU to learn as much as they can about music.
“The idea is having my students and other students see what I'm doing so they can put some of my things into their bag of tricks,” Snider said.