The Michigan Marching Band is already loaded in the tunnel, ready to take the field missing one of its own. As I'm sure you've all heard, trumpet Patrick Fleming was killed on Monday on US-23.
I didn't know Patrick, and I've been struggling with what to put up over here. He sounds like a remarkable guy, having the dedication to work full time, take classes at UM-Flint, and on top of it all he put in the hours and hours needed to excel in the MMB.
Tributes have been pouring in from all over. MSU's band played "Amazing Grace" in his honor. Groups from the State band and OSU's band traveled to practice on Elbel Field to lend their support. Patrick's spot will be empty on the field and all band members are wearing armbands and trumpet pins in his honor.
I don't know what more to say. But stay safe out there; we need you all.