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Concert raised $7,000 for Burlison scholarship

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 February 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – A concert on Friday night, with nearly 20 different musical acts, raised more than $7,000 towards a memorial scholarship in honor of Wayne Burlison, an elementary music teacher who died on March 26 after fighting colon cancer.

The top photo shows David Martin, a member of The Hit Men based in Rochester. Burlison was a member of the group and wrote music for the popular parade band.

Burlison’s colleagues, friends and family are trying to raise $10,000 for a scholarship is his memory. The Albion Alumni Foundation will administer the fund with a plan to offer a $500 scholarship each year. Burlison’s wife Lisa, an elementary school teacher, will help select the scholarship winner.

Burlison was an active musician in the community, and several of the groups he played in performed during Friday’s concert. He also was a leader in the Albion Running Club.

The Running Club is organizing a 3.17-mile walk and run on March 28 that will start at 12:01 p.m. at the school. Proceeds from the “Run for Wayne” will go towards the scholarship.

The distance is a little longer than the 3.1-mile 5Ks. The 3.17 represents 3 months and 17 days, the amount of time Burlison lived from his cancer diagnosis until he died.

Rachel Curtin, the elementary school principal, sings and plays the piano during the concert on Friday that was attended by about 600 people at the middle school auditorium.

“I am very grateful for the students who performed, assisted, and/or attended,” High School Band Director Mike Thaine posted on the band’s Facebook page. “It was a wonderful tribute to Mr. Burlison, and raised more than $7,000 toward his memorial scholarship.”