Countdown to Kickoff - Day 2: Darrell Funk, The Band at Practice, Inside Michigan Football Radio Show
One of the best (for me the best) moments of a Michigan Football Saturday is the entrance of the band and the M Fanfare.
There's something about the M Fanfare that always blows me back - the moment of silence prior to it, the sudden blast of the brass, and the rise into the Victors always brings tears to my eyes. I thought one of the cooler sights towards the end of my run as a student was seeing the student section hold up a single fist throughout the entirity of the Fanfare and simultaneously as the drum major completes his back bend the crowd begins to clap together "CLAP.... CLAP... CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP".
So, my question is: Why is the alumni and the rest of the stadium so slow to accept what would be an awesome sight. A unified fan base, raising a "HAIL" fist. Come on blue hairs, even you can get behind this!
In case nobody cares, my question to you: What's your favority Michigan tradition (other than winning).Skip to 4:00 for the Fan fare. The whole thing is worth watching: The walk-up to stadium and probably the coolest and lowest flyover ever.
The tragic story from Monday about the Michigan Marching Band Trumpet player who was killed in a car accident was a forum topic earlier this week. Several people had said they'd like to know when more details were available.
The information below is from the weekly MMB e-newsletter in the section written by Scott Boerma, the Band Director:
The students and staff of the Michigan Marching Band are deeply saddened by the loss of Patrick Fleming, a 2nd-year member of our trumpet section. He was involved in a fatal car accident on his way to classes on Monday morning. Patrick had an infectious smile at all times and was a devoted member of our MMB family. His dedication to living life fully was inspiring, and he had a positive impact on all of us.
We have received a huge outpouring of calls, emails, and Facebook messages from parents, family members, friends, and colleagues throughout the country, offering their thoughts and condolences. The student president of the Michigan State University Spartan Marching Band called me this morning to tell me that a group of SMB students would like to visit one of our rehearsals this week to offer their support. It's great to know that we have so many thoughtful and caring friends out there.
The following arrangements have been made:
Monday, October 3, from 4:00-7:00pm
Visitation will take place at C&H Funeral Home - Ypsilanti
411 South Adams Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197-5405
Tuesday, October 4, at 11:00am
The funeral will be held at The New Hope Baptist Church - Ann Arbor
218 Chapin Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-3390
The Michigan Marching Band's performances this Saturday in Michigan Stadium will be dedicated to Patrick, and his position in the marching drill will remain unfilled that day. The band members will wear special armbands and trumpet pins in his memory.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
Professor Scott Boerma
A MMB trumpet player was killed in a car accident tonight. It's always very sobering to hear about a tragedy like this.Thoughts and condolences go out to anyone affected. Rest in peace, my friend.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
stephenjnesbitt Stephen J. NesbittDirectors John T. Maddon and Kevin Sedatole from MSU marching band have confirmed the fatal crash. Please keep the MMB in your prayers.stephenjnesbitt Stephen J. NesbittDrum major from MSU, terrific friend of mine, told me a trumpet player in the MMB passed away today, was told a car crash. If so, prayers..
For anyone who may be interested in joining, there will be an information meeting at Revelli Hall at 4pm tomorrow. From there, current member and new members will progress to the Drum Major auditions. So for those of you who are musically inclined and have been on the fence, its a fun (albeit time consuming) experience and I rather enjoyed my time with the organization. Plus you get to go to the away games for free.
If you can't make it to the meeting, feel free to email Dr. John Pasquale (just search umich directory) and let him know of your interest.
p.s.- if you're a sohpomore/freshman, i think the AD is thinking of taking the MMB to Dallas against Alabama