Goin' Band members, former director honor memory of Petersburg b

Goin' Band members, former director honor memory of Petersburg band leader

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PETERSBURG, Texas -

Just weeks into the marching season, Petersburg High School band members lost their leader. Band director Colin Chichurka died Tuesday. He'd just started at the school last month.

Buffalo Stadium was packed for the Petersburg-Meadow matchup Friday. Friends and family brought several signs in Chichurka memory.

While attending Texas Tech, he was a member of the Goin' Band from Raiderland. To commemorate Chichurka's life, former professor and Goin' Band director Keith Bearden brought Goin' Band volunteers to perform Friday night.

"He had just recently gotten started, but already has made an impact on the students here," Bearden said. "His enthusiasm rubbed off of him and gave them a purpose." Bearden said about 50 or 60 musicians volunteered their time and drove to the game "to support these kids and Petersburg and let them know that someone cares."

There was also a lunch planned weeks in advance, which was now instead used to raise money for Chichurka's family.

Petersburg superintendent Drew Howard said Chichurka instilled confidence in students. 

"He always pushed them, they could never say they can't, he challenged them," Howard said. "Setting those expectations, high...that bar high, and prepare them to make these kids and Petersburg and themselves proud when they go out and perform."

His widow Anna is moved by the collaborative effort.

"I know he would be smiling down from heaven to see what they are doing," she said. "I just want to tell the community and the Buffalo band, Drew Howard, and Richie thanks for everything they have done since this happened. It was not something we were expecting but this is a great community to be a part of and the Buffalo Band will be successful."

Mr. C, as he was known, was 39. Funeral services will be in his hometown of Georgetown Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Ramsey Funeral Home.

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