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A Rose in the Red Cedar

"MSU Shadows"
(Alma Mater)

MSU, we love thy shadows
When twilight silence falls,
Flushing deep and softly paling
O'er ivy covered halls;
Beneath the pines we'll gather
To give our faith so true,
Sing our love for Alma Mater
And thy praises, MSU.

Tomorrow is going to be a very special day for my daughter Brittany.  This will be her very last time on the field as a member of the Spartan Marching Band (SMB).  It is so hard to believe that she has completed five years with this awesome group.  This blog is a gift of love and congratulations to Brittany.

Brittany’s freshman year in the SMB was a crazy one.  She was quickly welcomed into the reality of just what it takes to make it into this band.  The series is an amazing thing to watch but incredibly intense to learn and perform.  They start practicing in August and have a couple of weeks to get it down.  On top of the series they also learn a new show weekly.  She took this all in stride and worked diligently on all that was required.  She has a high standard for herself on top of what it takes to be a member of the SMB.

Brent and I became season ticket holders so we could experience game days with Brittany.  The first time we went to a game it made me cry to see her in uniform, do the series to the stadium, and to see her come out of the tunnel for the first time.  I cried a lot that year.  I was telling anyone who would listen to me that my daughter was in the band and that she played the trumpet. Thankfully, we sat around people who would listen, smile, and congratulate me.  Each time I would also watch the series from whichever side of the road Brittany would be on so that I could say something to her as she went by.  I was always overwhelmed by the sight of her performing with such a serious face and professional demeanor.

My daughter has participated in a bowl game every year that she has been in the SMB.  She always dreamed of MSU going to the Rose Bowl.  It had been 25 years since it had happened last.  This is a huge deal for the band.  She felt that this would be the icing on the cake of her time in the SMB.  She was blessed to be able to do just that last year.  Brent and I were able to go also.  We saw Brittany perform at Disneyland, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and finally at the Rose Bowl itself.  We were very excited that the boys won as it really did top off an amazing season and bowl trip experience.  My daughter now wears the Rose Bowl patch over her heart on her marching band jacket.
Tomorrow Brittany will put on the uniform, march the series, and come out of the tunnel for the last time.  On this day her name will be called out in Spartan Stadium as she is honored for her time in the SMB.  After the game the band will march out of the stadium and do the series to the bridge that crosses over the Red Cedar River.  It is there that she will throw her rose into the water as a beautiful symbol of her time spent in the SMB coming to an end.  Here again her mom will be crying.  After this, the band will then finish off as they do every other game night, but this one will have a twist to it.  After Shadows, the MSU Alma mater, is sung in keeping with tradition.  The seniors will perform one last tradition that is reserved only for them.  They will sing the second verse of Shadows, which is only performed on this night.  This, again, will make her mom cry.  It is a beautiful and sad moment for all the seniors and their parents who have traveled this journey with them. 

When from these scenes we wander
And twilight shadows fade,
Our mem'ry still will linger
Where light and shadows played;
In the evening oft we'll gather
And pledge our faith anew,
Sing our love for Alma Mater
And thy praise, MSU.

Congratulations Brittany!  I’m so proud of you! 
You have ended your time with the SMB in a way that should make you proud of all your accomplishments.  

Love, Mom

1 Comment to A Rose in the Red Cedar:

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Anonymous on Monday, November 24, 2014 3:16 PM
This is a wonderful tribute to a daughter from her loving Mother. Made my eyes leak ...
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