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University of Minnesota Marching Band members arrive at Vinje Lutheran Church in Willmar Thursday afternoon for the funeral service of fourth-year band member Robert Brau.Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

College friends band together for funeral

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WILLMAR — The tour bus arrived at the church 45 minutes before the service for Robert Brau, a 21-year-old University of Minnesota senior-to-be who had died a week to the day returning from the Twin Cities to his hometown.


On the bus were 45 members of the Golden Gophers Marching Band. At least another 10 band members would arrive by car.

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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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