He was a man who meant so much to his students, they said he went beyond being a band director. They called him a "band father." In a touching performance by the Spring Hill High School Band at the funeral of their longtime band director, Daryl Jack was remembered Saturday.
"He'd say, 'There's more than just instruments playing here,'" said Jack's daughter, Emily Alvarado. "It's telling a story."
The music of the Spring Hill High School Band thundered through the gym. Tissues sat next to the sheet music.
"He had such a love and passion for music," said son Kevin Jack.
After more than 20 years at Spring Hill High School, a black ribbon is now placed outside Daryl Jack's room. He lost his battle with leukemia New Year's Day, leaving his children stunned by the turnout of hundreds at their father's funeral at the school.
"It's just surreal right now," said Alvarado. "I never realized how much he touched everybody and how many people absolutely loved him."
Among the crowd were the Callebs siblings, Mandie, Jimmie, Abbie, and Katie. All four were percussionists taught by Daryl Jack and agreed there was no better way to honor their mentor's life than with the cups of Mountain Dew and chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream at the door of the school Saturday.
"His favorite drink was Mountain Dew," laughed Abbie Callebs. "He always had it."
With the funeral closing with performances including Daryl Jack's favorite, Amazing Grace, the students wiped tears as they played a song as a goodbye and a thank you.
"I'm just happy he's in a better place," said Abbie Callebs.
"He was a man who was greatly loved," Alavarado added.
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