Our son, Ken, started playing a coronet in elementary school. He loved band from the beginning and was eager to learn all he could. Throughout high school, he played a trumpet in the marching band, honors band and various ensembles, and often at church. At Michigan State University, Ken was thrilled to become a Spartan Marching Band member! He also joined the Air Force R.O.T.C. program at State, where he and his trumpet were called to service for many programs, memorials and ceremonies. He thoroughly enjoyed making others happy with his music. Ken was enthusiastic, fun-loving, caring and dedicated to the band and R.O.T.C. as he worked toward his degree in Electrical Engineering at M.S.U.
In March 1993, we were devastated to learn that Ken had leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. After a year of searching, a donor was found and the BMT took place in March 1994. The recovery was extremely difficult, but Ken made it through and he did pretty well until the beginning of 1996, when he relapsed. In May, he underwent a second transplant. This time, there were more serious complications. Although Ken fought hard and long, we lost him on November 12 that year.
We were happy to learn about Charity Music and the wonderful programs offered, especially for military families. We believe it is appropriate to donate Ken’s first horn to this caring organization; we know Ken would agree and approve.
Thank you for the blessing you are to so many in need as you allow them to experience the joy of music. May God continue to bless you for your compassion, love and concern.
George & Diane Otto Brighton MI
.................... Kenneth Otto ................ July 6, 1973 - Nov. 12, 1996