This weekend featured one of the largest displays of support from the band community towards another program that we have ever seen. The Baylor Golden Wave Band took the field for the first time since the tragic loss of trumpeter David Grotberg. David was was killed by in a hit and run accident while riding his bike last week. While the Baylor Band geared up for game day, band programs across the country sent their love and support.
The support did not go unnoticed.
David's father, Clark Grotberg, has seen all of it and sent us a note today that he asked us to send out to the band community on the family's behalf:
I would like to express our deepest gratitude to the College Marching Bands family. You have truly blessed our family in the ways that you have honored and respected David.
He was very special to us and I can not think of a more fitting way to honor him that how the bands across the country are paying their respects. He loved the marching band community. YOU GUYS ROCK!
Many members of the Golden Wave band have also written in to us expressing their appreciation for the support and love they received this weekend.
While the loss of David has been emotional and incredibly tragic, the band community has shown once again that we aren't just friends, we are a family that is constantly looking out for each other and their to pick each other up when we are down.
We are so proud to be a part of it.
The family has also set up a fund that will be used to create a scholarship in David's memory at Baylor associated with the band. The fund has already raised over $29,000. If you'd like to help this family out and contribute any amount to the fund you can do so HERE
In case you missed it, here is Baylor's amazing Star Wars halftime show from this past weekend: