Decatur Central High School Marching Band to play during Officer Bradway's funeral service
Both of Bradway's kids are members of band
Last Updated: 75 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS - Both of fallen Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Rod Bradway’s children are members of the Decatur Central High School Marching Band, and the family has asked the band to be a part of Thursday’s funeral services.
The band practiced Wednesday afternoon for what is sure to be a difficult performance.
"Some of us will cry, cry a lot. And some of us maybe not and that's OK too. But we are just going to be here for each other and be here for them," band director Tim Cox said.
Both of Bradway's children are involved with the band and some of their band mates have known them since grade school.
"Two great kids. It's pretty amazing that Sierra does marching band as an eighth-grader. Any eighth-grader that does that is fantastic at what they do. And Jonathan is accelerating phenomenally with tenor saxophone, plays first chair in Jazz Band," said friend Sam Merkling.
Every member of the marching band will wear a ribbon on their uniform for the rest of the year.
Although being part of the funeral service will be hard, the kids say they are proud to take part.
"It's really hard to practice everything just knowing what it's about and what it's going to feel like when it comes time to actually play. But deep down you truly know you're doing something that really means a lot to a lot of people. And that helps me get through it," friend Cody Smith said.
The band will play a piece of music called “Hymn Song” by Philip Bliss and an additional piece from the current marching band season.
Both of Bradway’s children’s instruments will be on a stand in their honor.
Students will continue to honor Officer Bradway's family on the football field Friday night. Players will wear arm bands and special decals on their helmets. There will be a short ceremony for the family before the game.
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