Mr. Wareing

Doug Wareing Memorial Concert

On Wednesday, June 12 at 6pm in Blackfoot City Park there will be a Jazzhouse Big Band summer concert that will honor Doug Wareing. The band has invited this year’s scholarship winner, and Doug’s daughter and granddaughter to participate with the band.

Mr. Douglas Wareing (1928-2018) lived a life of music. Affectionately nicknamed “Papa Smurf,” he was a mighty man of limitless energy and dedication – a teacher and mentor who touched the lives of countless students and community members. Through his selfless giving, often out his own pocket, there was never a student without an instrument or a ride to an early morning rehearsal.

A driving force for live music in Eastern Idaho, especially big band jazz, Mr. Wareing played from the soul and taught from the heart. He was actively involved in leading bands until his death at age 90. He gave many a love for music, for each other, and for life. He inspired his students beyond any boundary or horizon they put on themselves. Countless students and music-lovers have their our own Mr. Wareing story. His influence changed our lives for the better.

To honor his life of service to his students and the music community, and with the support of his family, we invite you to generously support this scholarship fund.

Memorial Scholarship

The annual scholarship award will support a qualified student who will begin higher education pursuits in music or music education. Applicants must be attending or have attended high schools where Mr. Wareing taught:

  • Butte County High School (Arco, Idaho)
  • Snake River High School (Blackfoot, Idaho)
  • Firth High School (Firth, Idaho)
  • Blackfoot High School (Blackfoot, Idaho)
  • Weber High School (Pleasant View, Utah)
  • Rigby High School (Rigby, Idaho).

All qualified applicants are invited to apply before February 15th.


Alexa Hansen is the 2019 Douglas Wareing Memorial Scholarship recipient. She is a senior at Snake River High School in Blackfoot, Idaho.  Her passion for music started with the piano, then she went on to play the flute, piccolo, organ and then percussion (Another drummer? Mr. Wareing would be so proud!). She will be studying music education at Idaho State University this fall.

“This scholarship money will go toward paying for my classes, so I can give back to my community through my education.  I would like to influence people just like Mr. Wareing did. His life and influence will never be forgotten,” Alexa wrote.