Mark Rabuffo, Bass
Mark always wanted to play bass. He never felt the pull to any other instrument – just bass! He was always captivated by the bass line – especially Paul McCartney’s brilliant Beatle stylings, and, prior to actually getting a bass, was the king of air bass!
However, this left Mark wanting more, and during his senior year in high school he purchased a second-hand Sears bass for $75. It was a challenging instrument – mainly due to the horrendous action, which was unable to be lowered to a sufficient playing height, but Mark persevered. Then, through a serendipitous encounter at Creative Music in Wethersfield, Mark found bass nirvana in the form of jazz bassist Tyler Van Ostrand, who would become his bass sensei! Mark’s ears were opened to a myriad of artists – including the legendary Jaco Pastorius – and he studied religiously over the next few years. It was during this time that Mark purchased his first real basses – a 1968 Fender Precision and a 1977 Music Man Sting Ray – which he still owns today. Mark’s musical journey took him through a number of bands over the next few years before taking a hiatus to get married and raise a family. Mark reunited with his bandmates at a birthday party in the early 2000’s, and this led to the heavy classic rock band Primordial Soup, which reignited Mark’s musical journey. Over the next few years, Mark would meet Sandy Connolly through a mutual friend, and eventually became a part of the open mic scene at the Country Tavern. In addition to The Sandy Connolly Band, Mark also plays regularly with The Muddy Rudders.