Monday, November 18, 2013

Marching Band, not just halftime entertainment

The Pride of Broken Arrow performing 2013's Utopia

Dear Staff and Creative directors of the Pride of Broken Arrow,

For some time now I’ve been wanting to express my great appreciation to you and the entire Pride staff.  I’ve had the privilege to support 2 daughters in the color guard, Molly and Katie, with the hopes for the remainder of my 4 children left at home to march someday with the Pride.    Please bear with me as I try to express in words the feelings of gratitude in my heart.

I am keenly aware that parenting is all about teaching, guiding and finding those opportunities in life as they become available.  The past few months have been chopped full of those parenting moments for me, Katie and the rest of my children.  When I was diagnosed with cancer my world was shaken,  and I thought I had felt the deepest of earth trembling shakes when my husband had passed away, I was wrong.  Your eyes are opened wide when you are given the task of fighting for life,  I was awoken to what being a mother was really about, one of them being the joys of simple things. 

This year’s show, Katie’s first year performing with the Pride was a God given blessing to me and my family.  Funny that a high school marching band can move a 39 year old mother to such emotions but it has.  As the season progressed, Kate and I would have night time discussions after practice, after football games, after wonderful trips to super regionals about how simple and beautiful the show was and how the music was soul moving.  Those moments with my daughter are forever etched in my mind and I hope lasting memories for her as well, for isn’t that what life is really about, creating those memories?   Being curious about the music, one afternoon I took it upon myself to research.   Not being very musically knowledgeable, I had no background information about the music composed by Aaron Copland.  I was moved to tears when the feelings that I had recently began to appreciate about life was an inspiration for the music;  Simple Gifts, the shakers hymn being the inspiration behind his beautiful composition Appalachian Springs.

"Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

When true simplicity is gain'd,
To bow and to bend we shan't be asham'd,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right."
Katie Rose, center front color guard
I’m sure it was never your intentions to produce a show just for my family, I can just see you and Wes thinking “Hmm, how can we lift the spirits of the Summers family”  :)  But this is the purpose of my deepest thanks,  you did such this year when you guided, taught and inspired those children to become the best musicians and dancers they could possibly be.  You took beautiful music, the inspiration behind the music and produced something magical that I will never forget.  My family understands the importance of what this life is all about, time with each other, sharing opportunities, living life and enjoying the simplest of things, hugs, kisses, laughter, tears, joy and music. 

Thank you all for giving of so much of your life to this wonderful organization.  I will forever remember this time in my family’s life that we were taught and moved and lifted by something as simple as,  the Pride of Broken Arrow. 



Katie Rose


OKTownsends said...

That was beautiful Becky. I don't think we can thank enough the adults in our children's lives who have given them opportunities to shine.

Kory Jane said...

Was that Katie? Oh my goodness....I can't believe that. I have been gone way too long.

Becky said...

Can you believe Kory how much she's grown up? She'll be 16 soon! Ack! Although, I'm pretty sure Katie will forever be my Tinkerbell.

Marrdy said...

Beautiful post and one of my favorite songs. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Marrdy said...

How are you doing Becky? Hope you are hanging in there!

James Stewart said...

What an encouraging story. Every kid should have Mother like you.

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