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January 26, 2018
You gave me the greatest gift of all-the ability to help and impact others through my music. From Rudd, to the time when you were there to advise me regarding my band program, you ALWAYS believed in me. I am so happy to have had the privilege of being in Celebration Winds with you also. I will be playing a piece of music in your memory, using the gift that you helped to give me.
January 13, 2018
Hearing of Mr. Trawick's passing brings me great sorrow. I can honestly say that much of what I have accomplished as a physician and Army officer can be attributed to his leadership and example as my band director at Rudd. I remember like yesterday, Mr. Trawick visited our 5th grade class and invited us to join the 6th grade band. When I transitioned to Rudd, I met Mr.Trawick in his office and we tried out different instruments, settling on trombone. The following week, our instruments were delivered to the band room. When I found my trombone, it was not like my classmates' trombones. Mine was in a damaged case, faded and dented, a two tone mix match made from a King bell and a Conn slide. Everyone else seemed to have a new, shiny instrument. I was embarrassed and devastated. Not knowing that this was the best my family could afford, I went home and bitterly complained to my mom who promptly called Mr.Trawick and said I would not be participating in the band. Somehow, Mr.Trawick calmed my mom and asked her to give me another chance and allow him to speak with me. The next day, I went into Mr. Trawick's office and he listened to me. Then he said something that I have never forgotten. I have used it many times in life. It was a bit of wisdom that truly guides me to this day, and that I have passed on to others. He tenderly said, "Danny, I know your disappointed, but you have to remember one thing. It is not the instrument that makes the music, it is the person behind the instrument who makes the music. If you put your mind to it, and work hard, you can make beautiful music and be the best musician, no matter how dented and worn the instrument." And he was right. I have had some tough times in life, and played through some "dented instruments" or tough circumstances, but I persevered because Ken Trawick taught me that the circumstances of my life did not define my worth. My effort and how I used the dented instrument at that moment to bless others was what mattered in the end. He taught me that I could make beautiful music with whatever situation I found myself in. He was a blessing to me, sent from God, of that I have no doubt. I would not have accomplished half of what I have, if he had not made that significant intervention and took the time to go the extra mile to intercede with mom on my behalf and mentor me. I have no doubt that he did that for many. And he instilled in me a lifelong love of music that has soothed my soul through heartaches of combat and flavored the high points of homecomings and celebrations. He will be greatly missed. My only regret is that I never had the chance to share this with him. But perhaps, sharing this with his family will be enough. I am so sorry for your loss and I pray that you find comfort during this time. I pray that you recognize that these tough times are just dented instruments we must play through for a season in our lives, but they do not define the music we make or the people we are. Thanks, Mr.Trawick for changing my life. And thanks, Mrs.Trawick, and the Trawick family for sharing him with me. Very Respectfully, Dan Irizarry, MD, COL, USA
January 13, 2018
Cheryl, Kim, and Sean,
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Ken. He was a great man to work with all the years I was at Rudd with him. He was always available to help in any matter that popped up, always cheerful, always courteous, always a friend, and always an encouraging voice. He loved you all dearly. I shared the sad news with several of the students we each taught. Neil Thurgood said he would contact Sean. He regretted that he did not have the chance to tell your dad and husband how thankful and grateful he was to Ken for helping him develop his love of music. Dan Irizarry will miss him greatly and thought so highly of him. Dee Dodd and I talked about his loss by phone. She told me how highly her son, Landon, thought of your dad and husband. I know there are many who will be thinking of you and praying for each of you today and for the months ahead. I am sending my love to each of you and remembering you in prayer.
January 12, 2018
To Cheryl and Family, Ken was truly one of the best friends that I have been blessed with in my life. I may have not made it through my freshman year of college had it not been for him. I was resigned to giving me up to failing an English course that he and I shared. He showed up at my dorm room and and dragged me to the professor's apartment at 10 o' clock in the evening to beg her for anything that I could do for special credit. She was so impressed by my friend that she worked with me and I passed. From that point we shared our lives throughout College. We shared an apartment directly behind the Fraternity house and this was the gathering place for brothers for years. I so regret not keeping in touch with him for decades. He chased me down this summer and we vowed to get together soon and life just got in the way. May God's grace be with you all.