Scholarship established in memory of band director

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A group of alumni and supporters of the Warren Junior Military Band pose with a portrait of the late Donald W. “Squire” Hurrelbrink in Bliss Recital Hall after the announcement that a scholarship has been established in Hurrelbrink’s memory.


Students pursuing degrees in Music Education at Youngstown State University will be eligible for a new $77,000 scholarship endowment established by the family of Donald W. “Squire” Hurrelbrink and the Warren Junior Military Band Alumni Association.

The scholarship for students in YSU’s Dana School of Music is in honor of Hurrelbrink’s 66-year legacy of patriotism, loyalty and dedication to music education.

“On behalf of the Dana School of Music and the entire university, I want to thank the Warren Junior Military Band Alumni Association and Mr. Hurrelbrink’s family for establishing this scholarship for our students,” said Mike Crist, Dana director. “Mr. Hurrelbrink’s love of music and his commitment to sharing that love with young, aspiring musicians will live on forever with this generous gift.”

The Warren Junior Military Band originated in 1927 and consisted of members from throughout the Mahoning and Shenango valley regions. Hurrelbrink directed the band from 1930 until 1996. He died in 1999. The band won numerous regional, national and international honors and performed across the world, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York, the Chicago World’s Fair, the Courtyard of the Palace in Salzburg, Austria, and on the White House lawn. The band performed at the 1929 inauguration of President Herbert Hoover, and at numerous venues, including the Los Angeles Coliseum, Soldier’s Field in Chicago, Harvard Stadium and the Boston Conservatory of Music and Symphony Hall in Boston.

The scholarship is designed for students who exemplify excellent character and musicianship and are working toward bachelor’s or master’s degrees in Music Education in the YSU Dana School of Music. Preference will be given to woodwind, brass, or percussion students specializing in K-12 instrumental music education.

For more information on the scholarship, contact Heather Chunn, senior development officer, YSU Foundation, 330-941-2123.