Born during the Depression, Hank Niebolt has been dedicated to music since before the current SF State campus opened its doors.
After graduating in the mid-50s, Niebolt began a career in teaching elementary school in South San Francisco, but always kept close to music.
Now 82 years old and retired, he is a member of multiple musical groups all over the Bay Area, including the SFSU Wind Ensemble and Golden Gate Park Band.
As a member of the SFSU Wind Ensemble, he gives valuable knowledge and experience said Martin Seggelke, associate professor and director of the ensemble.
“He was instrumental in the creation of the alumni band last year,” Seggelke said. “We looked up at old programs he’s kept over the years and contacted as many people as we could.”
Now looking to the future of music, Niebolt has passed on some of his own instruments to promising members of the ensemble.
Charles Barrett received Niebolt’s tuba near the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester, and will be leading a tuba concerto May 8.
“It’s definitely great having someone with that much experience around,” said Barrett. “He’s very passionate about music.”