This page gives us an opportunity to introduce one of our members “up close and personal”. Our featured player this month is Rafi Hasib, trombone.
Rafi’s interest in music sparked at age four. His family couldn’t afford a piano, so he started his musical experience with a pocket-sized keyboard which used numbers to create songs. He learned scale degrees and general theory through this process until he started clarinet lessons in fourth grade. He was in the music program in North Brunswick N.J. His high school director and mentor James Egan vastly improved the curriculum and the related competitive programs in the North Brunswick Township H.S. Mr. Egan was lead trumpet of “Catch 22” and “Streetlight Manifesto” and a master teacher.
“Mr. Egan truly unlocked my potential. He showed me what music can do and what you can do with it. He also encouraged me to learn the function of other instruments in order to comprehend the ensemble sound.”
Rafi was the only one in his family to take an active interest in music. “My family couldn’t make sense of where the interest or capability came from.”
Rafi majored in electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania but also minored in music theory, computer science and mathematics. Rafi has been involved in: the Penn Wind Ensemble playing clarinet, Penn Glee Club (student conductor, music arranger, and tenor). Rafi also performed with the Penn Pipers Acappella Octet (director and tenor) and sang baritone in a barbershop quartet.
Rafi volunteered at band camp during the summer season. He has written marching band drill for the North Plainfield H.S. Arranged and performed in Glen Burtnik’s Annual Christmas Extravaganza and Beatles Rock Concerts.
Rafi now lives in Lansdale. He is an automation engineer. He currently plays trombone with the Montgomery County Concert Band, sings in the North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus and sings in a competitive barbershop quartet called “30th Street Station”. He also maintains his interest in computer technology, programming, math, science and literature. “There is always more to learn and there’s more to practice”.
Rafi, we salute your ability to excel in so many areas in your career and the MCCB is fortunate to have you as a member.