staff, October 1, 2011

The Michigan family suffered a tragic loss earlier this week. Patrick Fleming, a sophomore trumpet player on the Michigan Marching Band, died in a car crash Monday morning. Fleming, 20, was commuting to school from his home in Ypsilanti, when he encountered sudden traffic while driving in a construction zone. His 1994 Oldsmobile Bravada crashed into the vehicle in front of him. Fleming was traveling northbound on US-23 near Fenton, Mich. Watch our in-game tribute to Fleming.

In honor of Fleming, the band dedicated Saturday's performance at Michigan Stadium to Fleming. Members of the band wore  armbands and trumpet pins in memoriam, and the band also left Fleming's place in the field formations unoccupied.

Read the full story from The Michigan Daily and

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