Concert Scheduled to Share Drew Shearin’s Music


A Knox resident is spearheading a movement to bring the late Drew Shearin’s music to life in a unique concert at the Culver Academies.

Kemble Manning, a senior at Culver Military Academy, and his classmate Denver Blackson from Washington, have presented the music to the Culver Academies Theater and Music Departments to prepare a concert featuring Shearin’s music.

Shearin was a Knox High School student who excelled in his music and wrote pieces that won state awards. He was involved in a fatal car accident in 2011, but his music continues to touch those who remember Shearin and who knew what a master of music he was.

The orchestra and choirs at Culver Academy will present the gift of Drew’s music on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. ET in the Eppley Auditorium, the main auditorium at the Culver Academies. No admission charge will be requested, but donations will be taken to benefit the Drew’s Gift of Music Foundation. The foundation aids students who cannot purchase instruments the opportunity to play their desired instrument in order to participate in band. More than $25,000 has been raised and given to students to place instruments in students’ hands in the surrounding area.

Manning and Blackson are musicians and thought this would be the perfect senior service project for them to share with the community. They hope that this will help gather funds for the foundation and give a student the chance to experience the most powerful sensation there is – the power of music.