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June 20, 2013

Musical benefit celebrates teen's life, love of music

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“Music was a big part of his life,” Debra Zabierek said. “We as a family spent a lot of time with him through music.”

Frank Savory, former longtime band director at Methuen High School, said music tended to run in families and become a strong bond between friends.

“For all these kids, band was central to their lives,” he said. “They lived, ate and slept band. The band, when I was in charge, was very busy all the time.”

The music, performed by people from Methuen, Lawrence, Salem, N.H., and Lowell, will range from Bach to Elton John to Christina Perri to the traditional Irish Kerry Dance.

Aaron Zabierek died on June 30, 2002, at age 19 after crashing into a utility pole in Pelham, N.H. He had attended Norwich University in Vermont for a year, but at the time was living at home, working as a waiter at Jimmy’s II in Methuen.

The scholarship was founded shortly after his death, though the concert fund raisers are only in their fourth year.

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