Give to the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship
Watch the recording of WesFest 2019.
The Wes Wehmiller Memorial Endowed Scholarship honoring the life and legacy of Wes Wehmiller ’92, accomplished bassist, athlete, and photographer, was established in 2005 by the Wehmiller family and Wes’s extended family of friends from all over the world. Each year, the Berklee Bass Department awards this prestigious scholarship to a continuing student of the electric bass whose musicianship and spirit demonstrate their potential to carry on the same talent and generosity of spirit that Wes had. The central fundraising event for the Wehmiller Scholarship has been an annual tribute concert called WesFest. Held in Los Angeles every year since 2006, the gathering celebrates Wes’s musical legacy and serves as an opportunity for the scholarship recipient to perform alongside and be mentored by concert headliners, who have included world-renowned bassists Pino Palladino, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten, Abraham Laboriel, and Doug Wimbish, all of whom were important influences on Wes. This year, the WesFest tradition continues in Boston as the Berklee Bass Department hosts studio and touring legend Lee Sklar, joined by Berklee College of Music Bass Department Chair Steve Bailey. Come learn more about Wes, hear world-class jazz and rock, and cheer on Kseniia Vasileva, this year’s scholarship winner, and her band. The concert will be live-streamed from the David Friend Recital Hall for friends and supporters around the world to enjoy.
At 17 years of age, Wes was “discovered” by Berklee bass professor Dave Clark at Berklee in Santa Fe, a workshop where he earned a scholarship to attend Berklee. He was mentored here by bassist and professor Danny Morris, who became a close colleague and friend, and he returned to Berklee many times to teach in Morris’s Survey of Bass Styles class. In 1993, Wes moved to the West Coast where, as part of a vibrant Los Angeles music community, he collaborated with a host of Berklee alumni as well as many others. From 1997 through 2001, Wes toured worldwide with the multiplatinum pop band Duran Duran and appeared on many TV shows with them as well, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show, VH-1's Storytellers, and Hard Rock Live. Wes also performed with Missing Persons, avant-garde solo artist Mike Keneally, and several other L.A. based bands, and his music and photography appear on numerous recordings produced in the L.A. area and in Vancouver, Canada.
We invite you to help us honor Wes’s life and legacy by contributing to WesFest/the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship fund.