Dana School of Music gets large donation


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.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s