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.