In every Haverford School corner, talent exists. Sixth Form guitar enthusiasts Dylan DiNubile and Antonio Octaviano are just two exemplars of Haverford’s talent. DiNubile has played the guitar since third grade, when he was eight-years old. He became a serious musician around the seventh grade. Octaviano, although he just started playing last year, has picked up guitar skills fast.
Their shared hobby began on an ordinary day at DiNubile’s house, when Octaviano came over and started playing around with a guitar. He plucked and strummed and that was it. He continued to mess around with the guitar and eventually, with some mentoring from DiNubile and dedication of his own, learned how to play.
They began to play during free periods, on the weekends, and even shared their work on social media.
The duo’s strong dynamic is evident whenever they play. As Octaviano plays some of the base chords and progressions, DiNubile plays some catchy melodies over top.
“Music is one of my escapes from swimming. It is one of the things I did for fun and then started loving it.”Antonio Octaviano ’20
DiNubile knows some editing and recording programs that allow him to play around with the songs after they’re done recording. Sometimes, they will expand their band and invite other musicians to rehearse with them. For example, pianist Lleyton Winslow has been featured on some of their work.
Both agree that their favorite song to play is “Freaking Out the Neighborhood” because it was the first song they learned.
Music has played a huge role in both students’ lives.
“Music means a lot to me because it brings people together,” DiNubile said. “I love the freedom of guitar because I can control everything about how I play.”
Octaviano said, “Music is one of my escapes from swimming. It is one of the things I did for fun and then started loving it.”