A Middle Tennessee high school and community remembers a beloved longtime band director who died on New Year's Day.
Daryl Jack, 57, taught band at Spring Hill High School for more than two decades, but a recent battle with leukemia claimed his life.
Jack was a normal dad who loved rollercoasters, music and Mountain Dew.
He also passed that love for music to hundreds of Spring Hill students and his two children.
"He treated his kids exactly like he treated us," said daughter Emily Alvarado.
Jack directed the award-winning Spring Hill High School marching band since 1989, blending the lessons of music with those of life.
Along the way, he earned a reputation as a teacher who genuinely cared.
"We didn't expect this at all, but we're hanging in there," Alvarado said.
Late last year, pneumonia led to kidney failure, and then leukemia brought the family to a difficult choice.
"So, on New Year's Day, we took him off the ventilator, off of life support at 11:37 (a.m.). And then at 6:48 (p.m.), he passed. He passed very peacefully and with a bunch of family members around, so I think that's the way he would have wanted to go," Alvarado said.
Now, the tributes from students, alumni and colleagues continue to grow.
It means the world for those who knew Daryl Jack as 'Dad.'
"Twenty-plus years of teaching. He never missed a day of school for sickness," said son Kevin Jack.
"I mean, he was more than just a band director. He was there if you needed to talk to him," Alvarado said.
At his church in Brentwood, reminders remained Thursday. He built the cross and candlesticks, and he even inspired his daughter to learn a classic piece of music in his honor.
"'Amazing Grace.' He loves 'Amazing Grace,'" Alvarado said.
On Saturday, the school will host Daryl Jack's visitation at 11 a.m. and funeral at 2 p.m.
Fittingly, the band he built will perform.
"I didn't really realize what effect he had on everyone. I know he had a little effect, but I didn't know to what extent. And it just makes me feel great that he is, you know, around that much in spirit," Alvarado said.
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