Gavin Kelso

Bass Teacher

Gavin Kelso

SAA Member


Bedford, TX
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A native of Southwest Missouri, now Texas-based Gavin Kelso is a musical chameleon and sonic problem solver.  He began his musical journey on the bass guitar while in his early teens, and shortly thereafter became a busy member of the Four State area community of professional musicians.  During this time he also found his first true musical love—the double bass.  Upon graduation from high school, he received a scholarship to attend The University of North Texas, where he studied with master performer-pedagogues Jeff Bradetich and Lynn Seaton in the largest double bass program in the world.  In 2013, Gavin was a finalist in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition, where he was given special commendation for his solo bass piece, “The Compass”.  He has performed with a wide array of artists in as many genres throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, including appearances at The Grand Ole Opry, The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Ryman Auditorium, The Meyerson Symphony Center, Spaso House, and The Moscow Conservatory. 

From 2018-2022, Gavin served as the music director at Cross City Church in Euless, Texas.  He is currently the bassist for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder.

Gavin is currently accepting students anywhere in the DFW metroplex.