A Letter from Crown Development Director, Brad Martin
Recently I saw this picture you see below. It was posted on Facebook by our very own Visual Caption Supervisor, Ron Hardin. It's a picture of a young man named Taylor Womack, a Crown mellophone player aging out this year. With him is a young lady, Monica Vidaurri. Monica is a first-year Crown trumpet player.
What's so special about this photo? Two Crown members on a football field. You see that all the time right? But there is so much more going on in this photo. During the start of Spring Training, Taylor Womack began his third year with Crown, looking forward to an exciting age-out season.
But this would be no ordinary age-out season for Taylor. In just the second week of Spring Training, during a marching drill, Taylor fell and caught himself with both hands, breaking not one...but BOTH of his wrists.
End of story right? Taylor goes home, gets his wrists casted up and watches his age-out season pass him by right? Wrong. Taylor didn't just fold up his tent and go home. No...you see Taylor isn't like that. And the members of Carolina Crown aren't like that. They're part of a family and they didn't want to see someone as dedicated and positive as Taylor go home.
So Taylor stuck around. He got his wrists put in casts and he supported his friends. And they supported him, helping him with even the most basic tasks like brushing his teeth. And he gave up his coveted mellophone spot to a new Crown member, trumpet player Monica Vidaurri. Monica learned mellophone, a new instrument for her, and learned Taylor's drill spot starting the second week of Spring Training. She performed in that spot for much of the season.
So I saw that photo above and wanted to share it. In it, Monica is helping Taylor learn that spot she's been marching so he can get back out on the field for his age-out season. She gave up her lunch break to do this. She gave up a spot she worked incredibly hard to fill as a selfless act to help Taylor.
And Monica said to me about the rest of the tour for her, "...I'll just go wherever they need me...learning Mellophone has been fun!" And she ended up helping again to fill a different mellophone spot through the rest of the season.
This is why these young people are so special and why they deserve your support. So if you're thinking about what you can do to give back to Crown and show our members how much they inspire you, please give to Crown.