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The KMFA family was saddened to learn that one of the victims of the package bomb attacks in Austin was 17 year old Draylen Mason, a talented young bassist who performed with Austin Soundwaves, Austin Youth Orchestra, Austin Chamber Music Center, the UT String Project, and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He was recently admitted to the Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Texas at Austin, and University of North Texas music schools to study bass performance.

Our thoughts are with Draylen, his family, and everyone affected by this senseless tragedy.

Check back here for updates about events that will honor his memory.


Golden Hornet's 3rd Annual Young Composer Concert will be dedicated to Dray's memory and will feature one of his compositions that premiered on last year's program. Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 p.m., The North Door (502 Brushy St.).

A candlelight vigil honoring the life of Draylen William Mason will be held at East Austin College Prep Secondary School (5800 E. MLK Blvd.) on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra's performance of Mahler's Symphony no. 2 at Texas Performing Arts will be dedicated to Draylen's memory. Dray loved the piece and had hoped to perform it one day. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Concert Hall.