YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music remembered one of its own on Friday: Donald Hurrelbrink, who was dearly known as Squire.
“We are here today to celebrate Squire’s life as a band director, his influence on all the band members, parents and audiences,” his daughter, Janne Hurrelbrink-Bias said.
Squire was a teacher at YSU and a band director for the Warren Junior Military band. When he died in 1999, members of the military band and his family wanted to start a scholarship fund for YSU students.
“Without a doubt, a donation like this is going to help because it really revolves around finding the most talented students,” Mike Crist of the Dana School of Music said.
The Warren Military Band Alumni Association and Hurrelbrink’s family presented a check for $77,000.
“The money that we received today is really going to be money that we are going to use to attract younger, new students,” Crist said.
The donation is not only exciting for school administrators, but also for students, who say it is hard to get other musicians interested in the music major.
“I was the only musician in my graduating class that went on to music,” student Sarah Standish said.
Although it’s hard for students to get their peers interested, it is also hard to get students to stay in the music program as well.
“When we look at students leaving college, a lot of revolves around the lack of financial support,” Crist said.
Despite the challenges, the school seems to be doing OK with enrollment.
“We’re up this year and it is our hope that as we work as a faculty to recruit more students,” Crist said.
Currently, the Dana School of Music has over 200 students.