Oklahoma, Texas bands dedicate halftime performances to late Baylor band member David Grotberg

By Jesse Reed
Oct 17, 2015; Waco, TX, USA; A view of a touchdown pylon and the Baylor Bears logo and Big 12 logo during the game between the Bears and the West Virginia Mountaineers at McLane Stadium. The Bears defeat the Mountaineers 62-38. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

David Grotberg, who played trumpet for Baylor’s marching band, lost his life in a hit-and-run incident as he rode his bicycle Thursday night.

As a way to honor his life and memory, both bands from Saturday afternoon’s Red River Rivalry Game — Oklahoma and Texas — dedicated their halftime performances to Grotberg.

An extremely active student at Baylor, Grotberg was “involved in the Honors College as a member of the Honors Residential College community and participated in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, the Honors Program and the University Scholars Program,” per KWTX.com.

He was also president of the Ballroom Dance Society.

Baylor described Grotberg as “one of our brightest stars.”

He was described by classmate and friend, Siboneth Trujillo, as “the way we should be”.

“He was very witty and funny, sweet and humble. He kind of gave us all a way that we should live like” Trujillo said.

Dr. Jonathan Tran, the faculty steward for the Honors Residential College and associate professor of religion, shared his thoughts as well.

“Like a lot of students in our community, David was amazingly gifted – smart, artistic, creative – but even among our students he stood out for his energy, charisma and winsomeness,” Tran said.

“He was surely one of our brightest stars, loved by so many and with such a boundless future. This is an unimaginable loss for our community, Baylor at large, and most certainly his family and friends.”

Grotberg’s grieving family is currently accepting donations (click here) to help them through this difficult time.

He is survived by his parents, Clark and Diane, and his siblings: Mary, Elizabeth, Thomas, Sarah, & Alexandra.