I want to share this picture with the DCI community on tumblr. This is a picture of my dad, exactly one week before he passed away. Before he was diagnosed with cancer, I had asked him to attend one of my shows with the Mandarins. I wanted to share with him what meant so much to me. When he got sick, I realized that this would be the only time he ever got to see me perform. As the weeks passed by his condition got so bad that asking him to sit in a bleacher in 100° weather would just be cruel. He wanted to see it anyways. My sister connected him with a Fan Network account. He got to watch me perform at DCI West at Stanford. That was the last time he ever saw me.
This was the most important moment of my season. Not at Lucas Oil. Not at a regional. Not even on a field. It’s not about placements, it’s not about the best solo or the craziest visual. It’s about these precious moments, and who you share them with.
This is a great reason to love DCI right here.