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Long-serving director took PHS band to state championship
Funeral services will be held over three days next week for legendary Pearsall Band Director Daniel Aleman, who died Tuesday, June 14, at the age of 78.
Aleman, who served as the head band director for 35 years with Pearsall ISD, worked with students from fifth though 12th grades and led the marching band to the state contest nine times.
A viewing is slated Wednesday, June 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Hurley Funeral Home; rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. On Thursday, June 30, there will be a church service at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Pearsall with a meal to follow at the catholic church parish hall.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 1, at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Georgetown with a burial to follow at the Georgetown Memorial Cemetery.
“On behalf of Pearsall ISD, I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the friends and family members for the loss of Mr. Daniel Aleman,” Pearsall ISD Superintendent Dr. Nobert Rodriguez wrote in a prepared statement this week. “Daniel Aleman positively impacted the lives of many students. He was an inspiration and role model to many students at Pearsall ISD; he helped build the pride of the PHS band over his tenure.”
The PHS marching band was voted by the Texas Music Educators Association as the best performing band in the state in 1982.
Under Aleman’s direction, the high school band made it to the state marching finals four consecutive years.
The Pearsall Maverick Band earned first place in 1987 at the University Interscholastic League State Marching Contest held in Austin.
“Mr. Aleman was a hard-working and dedicated man who always brought out the best in the students in his classroom,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said Pearsall ISD will be forever be grateful to Aleman and his family “for all of the great achievements and memories that were created as a result of his commitment to reaching the highest levels of accolades for the members of the Maverick Band.”
“My band was me,” Aleman once wrote of his commitment to the district’s music program, “and I was my band.”