Welcome to my playground

Thank you for checking out Gud2BRabah.com, the internet sandbox for Ross Wilkins, aka Rabah.

This site is a work in progress. Check back periodically to see how the site changes as I find time to play with it!

~ Rabah

Ross Wilkins

Greetings!

My name is Ross E. Wilkins and I'd like to welcome you to Gud2BRabah.com! Why choose Gud2BRabah? Because quite simply, it is Good To Be the Rabah!

I am an Eagle Scout. I served in the United States Navy for 12 years reaching the rank of Petty Officer First Class (E6) as a Cryptologic Technician (Communications Branch). For the most part I have been working for Navy contractors ever since. 

I'm an amateur musician. I've played the French Horn, the Jew's Harp, and a Dumbek. My passion is a cappella singing, from duets to 16 part arrangements and I'm a fan of more a cappella groups than I'm willing to list here. 

I received two Associates Degrees from Leeward Community College in Pearl City, HI in 1988 and finally got my Bachelor's Degree from ECPI University in 2012. My degrees are in Information and Computer Science with an emphasis on Database Programming.

I have held membership in the Boy Scouts, American Mensa, the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. (SCA), the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), Phi Theta Kappa and Gold Key International Honor Societies, and two Harmony Brigades, Atlantic (AHB) and North Carolina (NCHB).

Feel free to poke around. This site is a work in progress and you never know what bit I may add next.

What's a Rabah?

So where did "Rabah" come from? I portrayed a 16th Century Ottoman Turk named Mu'allim Rabah az-Zafar, OP in the SCA . As I understand it, "Rabah az-Zafar" loosely translates to "Gain the Victory". "Mu'allim" is a title that denotes my inclusion into the Order of the Pelican, the society-wide Peerage that is given for high level service to the society.

Recording History

I am on 5 recordings so far:

  • Bards of the Kingdom of Atlantia, SCA
    • "Fair Lady Atlantia" (Cassette, out of stock)
  • Mystic Fire Drum Troupe
    • "Mystic Fire" (CD, out of stock)
    • "Shatter" (CD)
  • Soundworks
    • "Come on Along" (CD)
    • "Li'l Red Riding Hood & More" (CD)

 

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Singing

Ross Singing. Photo by AnnieI spend a large amount of my free time singing and learning music. I sing with Soundworks, an a cappella chorus based in Richmond, VA, a quartet called The School Board based in Virginia Beach, VA, and two Harmony Brigades.

Drumming

Blue Doumbek - an arabic hand drumIn addition to singing I play an arabic drum called the Dumbek and drum for my bellydance friends when my schedule permits. I was a member of the drum troupe Mystic Fire for 7 years and had a blast playing all over Hampton Roads.

Tech Geek

Native RTL SupportI am a computer nerd and gadget geek. I have a touchscreen laptop running Windows 10, a desktop computer that dual boots Windows 10 or Ubuntu 14.4 LTS, a 7" LG Android tablet and Droid Turbo phone running Android Lollipop, I currently maintain 5 websites and dabble with Lego® Mindstorms EV3.

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