MandoBasso founders Gunnar Biggs (bass) and Bill Bradbury (mandolin) met while working on musical projects at Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College.
Biggs was 19 when he first joined the San Diego Symphony. He later spent around 25 years as a double bass instructor at SDSU, as well as serving as director of jazz ensembles at Palomar College.
Bradbury is a professor of music and music technology in the visual and performing arts department at Cal State San Marcos. He won a 2001 Emmy Award for scoring the film Anza Borrego: Seasons in the Desert.