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Ravenscroft’s Ian DuBose keeps double bass and basketball in harmony

Ian DuBose, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, averages 14 points for the Ravenscroft basketball team, but he he trades in his uniform to don his tuxedo to play the double bass in the school orchestra.
Ian DuBose, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, averages 14 points for the Ravenscroft basketball team, but he he trades in his uniform to don his tuxedo to play the double bass in the school orchestra. Ravenscroft School

When Ravenscroft basketball player Ian DuBose works with his teammates they make beautiful music.

No really. Music. Like Mozart and Bach.

DuBose, a 6-foot-4 sophomore, averages 14 points for the Ravenscroft basketball team, but he sometimes trades in a uniform to don a tuxedo and plays the double bass in the school orchestra.

The one link he sees between his two interests is that everybody involved has to realize that neither a game or an orchestral concert is a solo gig.

“Basketball is like music” he said. “We all have our little parts and when we put them together it works.”

Basketball is DuBose’s first love, but he said he is amazed to hear the sounds that come from the orchestra. His bow-struck vibrations join the other notes to create sounds that overwhelm him at times.

“We play a lot of the classics. Mozart. Bach,” he said. “I love it when we all work together and achieve something great.”

He never had given any thought to playing a 30-pound musical instrument that towers over him and is not very trip friendly. He picked up the double bass when he learned that the Durham School of the Arts, where he attended middle school, didn’t need an electric bass.

The bass guitar is a staple for almost every garage band. Not so much the double bass.

But he soon loved the sounds and feel of the double bass.

Keeping basketball and bass in harmony takes time.

He practices with the orchestra during his music class at Ravenscroft, goes to a study hall that is mandatory for basketball players from 3:45 until 5:30 and practices basketball from 5:30 to 7:30.

“It is a full day, but I enjoy it,” he said.

He has a 3.9 overall grade point average, has been recognized by the school as most outstanding student and earned the President’s Award for Volunteer Service. He also is the Ravenscroft basketball captain.

“He is articulate, charismatic, personable and he is a leader,” said Ravens coach Kevin Billerman.

DuBose may be only the second freshman to start for Billerman, joining current NBA player Ryan Kelly.

“Ian was physically mature as a freshman,” Billerman said. “He was 6-4, 195 pounds without any body fat and he was very skilled. He can handle, he can shoot and he can defend. He has all of the attributes of a Division I player.”

DuBose holds the school record for scoring as a freshman and was an all-Triangle Independent School Athletic Association honorable mention selection in 2014.

He can make three-pointers and creates matchup problems as a 6-4 guard.

DuBose loves playing in the orchestra, but he believes his future includes more buckets than bass bows.

“I enjoy playing. It is fun. But when I think about which can carry me further, it has to be basketball,” he said.

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