PHILM’s Pancho Tomaselli launches Electric Bass Program at CMSS

Acclaimed bassist Francisco ‘Pancho’ Tomaselli whose studio and live credits include PHILM, WAR, TOWER OF POWER and PROJECT N-FIDELIKAH with guitar legend George Lynch, has joined the faculty at Community Music School of Springfield in Springfield, MA where he has launched a new Electric Bass Program.

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“Having gone to music school myself and graduated from Berklee School of Music, music education has always been close to my heart”, states Tomaselli.

“I’m looking forward to passing some of my music knowledge on to the next generation of players. Playing music is a never ending process of learning and discovery and the more you know, the further music can take you.


I’ve worked as a music educator in the past, most recently with the LEAP Program, an L.A.-based after-school program for low income, at-risk youth, which focuses on using music to improve self-esteem.

Now that I’m back in my old stomping grounds on the East Coast, I’m excited to get my curriculum established at CMSS. I will be teaching contemporary music history, plus leading the Electric Bass Guitar program. The program is for 12 years and up, amateur to advanced.”

Photo taken in Glendale on on 11/16/15
Born in Quito, Ecuador, Pancho Tomaselli has long been inspired by the disparate music he grew up listening to in the Andes, including indigenous tribal folk music, 70’s era salsa, and contemporary heavy metal.

Exploring avantgarde jazz in college led to study of Jaco Pastorius’ technique and unique sound.

Tomaselli moved to Los Angeles in 1998 where his playing eventually attracted the attention of Lonnie Jordan, founding member of rock’n’roll hall of fame nominees WAR. He was invited to join the band in 2003, a union that lasted for over a dozen years.

Tomaselli’s current main focus are experimental post-hardcore heavyweights, PHILM, whose forthcoming EP, ‘Time Burner’, is scheduled for an early 2017 release.

The lyric video for the song ‘The Seventh Son’ can be viewed at this location: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX7vpuW-Mb0
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