Meet Julie Machado

Reno Phil Bassist

What year did you join the orchestra?
I’ve been playing in the Reno Phil for 45 years (1975).

How long have you been playing music?
I started playing piano when I was about 7 years old. I started bass in the 6th grade school music program.

How did you pick your instrument?
When I was 8, I started on viola, then changed to bass after seeing bassist Mel Nowell play at the Reno Jazz Festival.

I’m a musician in several local groups including The Jazzettes (jazz trio) and Shiloh (folk duo) as well as playing WNMTC musicals and other variety bands (Brassakwards, The Nefarious Hoarde Street Band, Klezmer Kats) and freelance music with various groups and organizations. I am a retired public Managing Librarian.

When you’re not playing with the Reno Phil, what would we most likely see you doing in your free time?
I love to sew, and I’m an avid reader. I have made over 60 masks for hospitals, neighbors, friends and family since mid-March. I also love to make quilts.

What genre of music are you most excited to play?
I love playing all kinds of music and I’m fortunate to be able to play with amazing musicians.

What is your favorite piece of all time to play, and why?
I love playing musicals! However Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is a favorite piano piece of mine to play.

If you could meet one composer/musician, who would it be and why?
Beethoven. I just love him.

What is your favorite vacation spot?
The Big Island. I love lava.

What do you think the audience would find surprising about you?
I’m a gold miners’ daughter.

What about performing live music brings you joy?
I love playing music that people love to hear and can participate in while enjoying. I love surprising people with something new. That is my joy.


Reno Phil bassist Julie Machado and her bass, Sunshine, are sure to delight with this catchy tune about singing in the car.