Faculty concert held to benefit student music scholarships

HARLINGEN — How’d you like to help send some talented musicians to college?

Well, you can. Just come listen to some good music Tuesday night at the HCISD Performing Arts Center at 3217 Wilson Road. Present a donation of your own choosing as you enter the auditorium, and you will have done your part to support the arts.

Then spend the evening listening to a live concert. The Harlingen school district’s music department will be hosting the 15th Annual Bob Irby Memorial Scholarship Faculty Concert to raise money and showcase teachers’ talent.

“They will be music teachers in the HCISD,” said Harlingen High School Band Director Ronnie Rios.

He said instructors who teach music at all levels, from elementary to high school, will perform in the concert. Rio wasn’t sure yet if he’d be in the performance.

He said the late Bob Irby taught choir at Harlingen High School.

“He was an iconic choir director,” Rios said. “I got to meet him and he was just one of the most phenomenal human beings. He had a beautiful voice.”

Rios said music teachers performing together set a good example for their students.

“I think it’s always good for students to see their teachers on the stage performing,” he said. “The students see their teachers, all the talented teachers in HCISD.”

The faculty band will perform a variety of music, including classical, jazz, pop, rock, big band, piano duets and solos.

Donations will be accepted at the door and will be used to fund the scholarships. The scholarships will go to selected graduating seniors from the school district’s music department who plan to major or minor in music.