Orlando was an amazing man, I remember he always gave me the best tapes when I was teaching, and I even remember the first time he complimented me as a performer. He has touched so many lives, his legacy will live on through all of the individuals’ lives he has touched in this activity.
The guard world lost an amazing man last night. Orlando Suttles passed away at 5:23 pm.
O was someone who made a huge impact and impression on so many people, whether as a judge, instructor, teammate, or friend.
He always looked out for us in the guard, and wanted us to look out for ourselves, too. Not only did he make us look good as performers, he wanted us to be classy ladies as well. I remember the day he gave us a lecture on being “loose”, haha. We laughed then, but it’s something we all took to heart. If you ever got mad at him, it didn’t last long (and it was probably for your own good, anyway). Even a year after I’d graduated, we were walking around drinking at a football game and he told us, “Now be careful. You may have graduated, but I’m still your father.”
He judged WGI movement at regionals and contests all over the country. His critiques were always fair, but said what they needed to for a guard to improve—honest and thoughtful. I was so glad that, in my first critique experience as an instructor, he was the first person I talked to. At this present moment, he was the most recent judge I talked to, too.
Over the past week, I’ve seen firsthand just how big an impact he’s had on the local guard and marching arts community, from seeing posts on Facebook from people I didn’t know knew him, to meeting people he marched with as a teenager at the hospital. He was such an amazing, caring person and overall great guy.
It’s going to be so weird not seeing him on Adams Field this fall. Not seeing him at winter competitions. Not seeing him up in the judges box in UD Arena. But I know he’ll still be looking down on us, and he’ll keep living through all of those whose lives he touched.
“Respect yourself. Respect each other. Don’t be loose.”
I’m so blessed to have had him in my life.
Miss you and love you, Landy.
Ancora love goin out to State of Art <3 RIP Orlando