- Apr 20, 2009
I hard a rumor that Ryan is leaving the band. Is this true? Any one else hear this?
Its a difficult day...and i typically dont post this stuff but after 15 years, I want the people I know and have come to love over the past 15 years to know. This is the only way I have to contact some of you. After 15 years I walk away from my passion. My love. The one thing I have been most faithful to. I think back and I laugh and I cry for all the moments. I could not even begin to tell any of you the opportunities I have been awarded. By the same token it was not one way. My blood was given ( I have the scars). My heart was given. My soul was given. I sacrificed time with my family, my friends, and gave up chances with women I should be married to. I have met some of the most amazing people on this earth, and I have learned from each one. I became a man and I grew up in front of a lot of people.
Today I step away from the band which has been revered and adored by many. Its impact on the community, the school, the lives of people who are in it, and mine are not measurable. The amount of media attention and press brought to the university in which I love was never even imagined. While I am certain it will be fine with out me, there will be sadness in me for awhile.
I can not thank the people enough who loved me, hated me, loved the kids, supported us, fought for us, and care about me and the band. I love you all.
I will leave you all with this....
I always said when I RETIRED from VCU as the director of athletics bands I would give a speech on the court. Its just a song that embodies everything ive done and started and have been emulated. Thank you Mr Sinatra
" Now the end is near
And I face the final curtain
My friends I'll say it clear
I'll state my case of which im certain
Ive lived a life thats full
Ive traveled each and every highway
But more MUCH MORE than this
I DID IT MY WAY"
Thank you for the memories VCU!