UPDATE: (2:35 p.m.) The Symphony of Southeast Texas confirmed that Michael Westbrook has passed away due to COVID-19.
"A treasured member of the SOST trumpet section for over 30 years, he was a dedicated musician and teacher. Members of the orchestra will miss his smile and wonderful sound. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, Karen and his family. Gabriel just got a great duet partner!"
Hardin-Jefferson ISD band director and Symphony of Southeast Texas musician Michael Westbrook is said to be in critical condition at a Southeast Texas hospital as he is diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus. Friends of the Westbrook family report that Westbrook has been in the hospital for days, is exhibiting a fever over 104 and experiencing some organ failure.
Hardin County’s Michelle Brewer was asking for the community to keep Westbrook and his family in prayer as his condition took a turn for the worse on Thursday, March 26.
“Let’s all agree together for a miracle for Mike,” she urged.