After Windsor High School graduate Tyler Mayle died while climbing in Utah last June, his family wanted to find a way to give back to the community that supported him.
His family was planning to hike up and install a memorial on Y Mountain Trail near Provo, Utah, on June 1, one year after Tyler Mayle’s body was found at the bottom of a cliff near the trail. They had invited their son’s friends to attend the hike, but when some said they wouldn’t be able make it, Gary and Lori Mayle wanted to have an event in Tyler’s memory in Windsor, too.
“Many of our local friends asked us to do a hike here so they could join us because Utah was too far away for them to travel to,” Lori said. “When we talked about a fun run/walk around Windsor Lake, someone asked me how much I would charge.”
Lori said she didn’t want to charge anything, because she wanted as many people as possible to attend. She began to wonder if there was some way to collect donations to start a scholarship fund in her son’s name.
“Being a band family for the past 12 years, I know there have been students who have dropped out because they couldn’t afford the tuition,” Lori said. “This always made me sad because music is important to have in your life.”
The family will host a free run/walk in Boardwalk Park at 8 a.m. on Memorial Day and anyone who wants to walk with the family in Tyler’s memory is welcome to attend.
She plans to have a donation bucket at the fun run that people can donate to if they’d like. The donations will go to fund scholarships that will pay marching band dues for students who’d like to join but can’t afford the $375 fee.
“I don’t want kids to drop out of the music program because they can’t afford something,” she said. “Let’s help these younger kids out. I don’t want money to be the only reason they aren’t in it.”
Tyler was a drum major in the Windsor High School “Pride of Windsor” marching band that won the Class 3A Colorado Bandmasters Association State Marching Band Championship in 2008. Mayle and the band performed at President Barack Obama’s inaugural parade in January 2009 in Washington.
“Quite an achievement for Windsor High School, in the little town of Windsor, to represent the state of Colorado at such an event,” Gary said.
After graduating from Windsor High School in 2009, he enrolled at Brigham Young University, where he was a member of the BYU marching band.
“Tyler’s life was music,” Lori Mayle said. “That’s why we’re doing it this way.”
During Windsor High School’s spring band and orchestra concert May 13, the Mayle Family donated a podium to the marching band in their son’s memory. A plaque on the podium reads: “In memory of Tyler Kenneth Mayle, The Pride of Windsor Drum Major 2006, 2007, 2008.”
“We started a memorial fund for Tyler ... and Lori was able to consult with Mr. Drase (the Windsor High School band director) about how we might use some of that fund in a way that would help the Windsor High School music program,” Gary said during the concert. “One need that he identified was a podium — specifically a backfield podium for the drum majors.”
The Mayle family wants to continue to support the organization that encouraged Tyler’s love of music, and Lori said the upcoming walk in Boardwalk Park is the next step.
“This is something that can happen year after year,” Lori said. “I’m excited to think I can help others in an ongoing basis.”