"The greatest gift that you can give someone is your time."

To the Editor:

"The greatest gift that you can give someone is your time."

If you spent more than five minutes around Michael Sewell, you heard him say this quote.

If you spent more than 10 minutes around Michael Sewell, you understood his quote.

Pickerington lost an icon when Michael Sewell passed away. Mr. Sewell dreamed of taking his Pickerington High School Marching Tiger Band to the Rose Parade. He took the band four times.

He also took the band to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade four times, the Orange Bowl Parade twice and the Fiesta Bowl Parade and National Band Championship three times.

But his legacy is not defined by his band's appearances.

In thousands of students, Michael Sewell left a legacy of caring and community service. He taught his students to sacrifice, work hard and dream big.

He gave his time freely and encouraged his students to achieve.

His Marching Tigers Band provided opportunities for students to be a part of something great and know the value of teamwork.

For those of us who had the honor of playing under his baton, he will be missed. Mr. Sewell was cherished by his students. For many, Michael Sewell changed their life.

I am privileged to count myself as one of them. He gave us his greatest gift -- his time.

Tony Palmer Jr.

Columbus