Remembering Ray Shahin


Ray Shahin was an extraordinary educator, man and musician. As an expression all he has meant to each of us, we’re putting together a group to perform Ray’s arrangement of “Somewhere” from West Side Story at the calling hours this Sunday @4pm at the Harris Funeral Home on the corner of Titus and Kings Highway.

Here are the realities and challenges of the project
We have very little time to put this together.
We need all parts covered. We all can’t play the 1st or lead part
If you have an ego, leave it home. It’s all about Ray
No hot dogging. Play the music the way he wrote it and with all the beauty and love you can.
We all need to know our parts. It will be hard enough for some, to play through the emotion.
If you can’t play with us, please consider standing with us as we play. Your presence is important!!

I’m hoping we can meet in the old Bishop Kearney Band Room @ 2:30 to do some playing and work out logistics. At 3:40 we shuttle to the funeral home down the street. We play at 4pm at the close of the calling hours.

What do we need?
Everyone who has been impacted by Ray – SPREAD THE WORD NOW!!! There’s no time to waste! Some have said they think Hilton and Holley may have played this same arrangement. If that’s true let’s get them on board.
Download parts from
Have your instrument in a working, playable condition (appropriate parts oiled, greased and polished)
Play, play play. Be Prepared!
Dress will be black pants/white top Some of you may have Alumni polo shirts. Those would also be appropriate.

We have an opportunity to create a lasting and beautiful memory for the family and for all of us.
Let’s give it our very best!

Also, does anyone have contact info for any alumni pianists? I need to know right away.

Unfortunately, I have a performance out of town this Saturday. But will respond to as many emails or phone calls as I can between now and then.

My mobile is 585.953.3521

Thanks and bless you all for your efforts to help bring this about. I have no idea how many to expect for this, but I’m hoping to be overwhelmed!!

See you on Sunday!!

-Doug Morrow
BK Alumni ’78



5 thoughts on “Remembering Ray Shahin

  1. Somewhere sounded an awful lot like the 69 band with Joe Keown, and the others………….too long ago, do not remember who they all were.

  2. Thank you so much, to everyone involved. Ray Shahin was my Grandfather, and a very important person in my life. It meant a lot to see the support of so many people who’s lives he’s impacted, especially through music, which was a VERY important part of his life. I’m glad that he’ll still live on in so many people’s hearts.

  3. It broke my heart that I live too far away to participate. Many thanks to all who made it possible. Jane Caufield Flaherty BKHS ’69

  4. Ray touched so many lives, and left a wonderful legacy of music and music appreciation in the Rochester area, and of course in the areas where alumni of his bands/orchestras settled. Many thanks to all who participated in the “Somewhere” performance at his viewing. It certainly brought me back to our days of riding the bus, marching in cold, rainy parades, cheering on the Kings football team, and exploring Ireland between our parades in the dozen or so towns and villages we visited. I remember Ray as the king at Bunratty Castle, throwing Tom Erb in the dungeon. It was a wonderful, enduring memory of those magical days in high school. God rest Ray’s soul, and thanks again to all of you who made it up to Rochester to honor him. I bitterly regret not being able to make it, but was there in spirit, I assure you.


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