Barstow High School's annual Dr. Kenneth Mack Memorial Concert returned for a 12th year on Wednesday night, raising just over $1,000 in donations toward a scholarship for one lucky student.
“It was fabulous, we had a full house,” Kenneth Mack’s wife, Mary Mack said about the free concert that featured a number of performances. “It just seems like each year the attention and attendance is better than before.”
The concert is held in memory of Dr. Kenneth Mack, a man who worked as a music instructor for the Barstow Unified School District for several years and also continued his involvement long past his retirement.
“He kept in touch with all band directors and offered help if and when it was needed,” Barstow High School Band Director Dan Barilone said. “I used his expertise many times; he was a very special man.”
Mary Mack aids the concert each year, helping gather donations from outside parties. This year, Mary Mack was able to add an additional $2,000 to the scholarship that will be awarded to one student.
“It’s humbling and an extreme honor. Every year around this time, I shed a lot of tears,” Mary Mack said. “When I pass on, I know there are Dan Barilone and Douglas Kruse who will see that this continues.”
Barstow High School’s wind ensemble hosted the evening, with the Barstow Junior High Concert Band joining them after a two-year hiatus.
During the concert, a number of Barstow High School seniors and honor roll band students were recognized for their hard work.
Year after year, the Dr. Kenneth Mack Memorial Scholarship Concert is free to attend, with the school asking visitors for monetary donations throughout the evening. Those donations are then converted into a scholarship for one senior who will be majoring in music.
“As long as we have money in the bank, there will always be another scholarship,” Mary Mack said.
For more information, call Barstow High School at 760-255-6100.