Pentecost Lutheran Church Trumpeters -- Scott Hensel -- Tom Hasko -- Dan Hasko
Tom Hasko has been a regular trumpeter at Pentecost Lutheran Church for approximately 35 years. With the help of Dave Graves, a former member and long-time trumpeter at Pentecost, Tom was able to begin playing regularly at church in fifth or sixth grade. Tom has been fortunate to play along side his mother Joyce Hasko, who also happens to be the church organist, for all 35 years and for almost a decade has also been able to play regularly with his son and fellow trumpeter Dan Hasko. By the time Tom reached high school, he had learned to transpose music from the hymnal to a key that could be played by a trumpet in real time while he played hymns on Sunday morning so that he never had to miss playing a service that he was attending. After playing trumpet at Concordia Lutheran School and Racine Lutheran High School, Tom went on to play three semesters with the University of Wisconsin - Parkside Wind Ensemble. Similar to what Dave Graves did for him, Tom has served as a mentor to younger trumpeters and musicians at Pentecost, allowing them to develop their musical skills and be an active part of the music in our church's worship. In addition to playing trumpet, Tom can occasionally be found playing a trombone with his fellow brass musicians on Sunday morning.
Tom Hasko - Trumpet
Dan Hasko, currently a student at Concordia University - Chicago, has been a regular trumpeter at Pentecost Lutheran Church for approximately nine years. Dan began teaching himself trumpet fingerings in about third grade and by fourth grade was already playing regularly at church. Dan has continued to develop as a trumpeter under the direction of Racine Lutheran High School music director Tim Gullicksrud through a combination of concert band, jazz band and pep band and routinely transposes from C to B-flat trumpet music on the fly while he plays on Sunday mornings. During the summer of 2013, Dan had the opportunity to play with the Wind Symphony at the LCMS - National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas where he performed during a 25,000 person worship service at the Alamodome. Dan currently plays trumpet with the Concordia University - Chicago Wind Symphony. In addition to playing trumpet, Dan will occasionally play his baritone while in the balcony.
Dan Hasko - Trumpet
Scott Hensel started playing trumpet for church in 1981 while growing up in Michigan. He went on to perform in high school concert, jazz, and marching bands as well as many solo and ensemble festivals. Scott was also a member of the Eastern Michigan University marching band and basketball spirit band, even playing at NCAA's Sweet Sixteen Tournament in 1991. Scott says he is grateful for the opportunity to play regularly at Pentecost.
Scott Hensel - Turmpet
Dave Graves grew up playing a trumpet at Concordia Lutheran School and Racine Lutheran High School. After high school, Dave attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he was a music major. Along the way, Dave learned to play baritone, trombone and euphonium and still actively plays in his church today. Dave was an instrumental part of developing some of our church's younger musicians, including his younger brother Tim Graves and one of our current trumpeters, Tom Hasko. Some of the things that Dave helped Tom learn, such as how to transpose music in real time into a key that a trumpet can play as the trumpeter is playing the music, Tom has been able to pass along to his son Dan, who also regularly plays trumpet at our church. Although employment has taken Dave away from Racine, Dave always has a horn in his hand when he visits Racine and walks in the door at Pentecost Lutheran Church. As with all musicians, Pentecost Lutheran Church has standing invitiation for friends and former members to play with us when they visit.