INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The funeral for Officer Rod Bradway will be held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Thursday. Among those participating is the Decatur Central High School Band.
They set up inside Bankers Life Wednesday evening, preparing for Thursday’s services.
Both of Officer Bradway’s children are in the band at Decatur Central: his son plays saxophone, and his daughter plays mellophone. She is only in eighth grade, but marches with the high school band.
Friday evening, Bradway’s wife asked the band director if the band would participate.
“About 10 o c'lock that night, Mrs. Bradway called me on my cell phone, and we just cried together for about 45 minutes, and talked and talked. At the end of it, she asked if the band could participate at the funeral,” said Decatur Central High School Band Director Tim Cox. He said of course, adding, “The way we view it, band is family, and we want to be there to support family when bad things happen, and when good things happen.”
“Jonathan was always talking about how he did great things with his dad … just a great guy. It was tough on everybody to see what has happened, to such a good friend,” said Cody Smith, Jonathan’s section leader for the saxophone players. “It gives each of us a way to deal with the situation, a way that will help everybody as a whole, including the Bradway family.”
Even as they practice, music holds a special meaning.
“I am so proud of you guys. We are lucky, lucky people that we can use this, to help this,” Cox said, pointing to his heart as the music ended. “There are just some things that can’t be said, that this says. And that's pretty special. This is why we do this: because of this.”
Both the children's instruments will be set out at the funeral in case they want to join their fellow band members, or to symbolize their togetherness if they can't.
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