Band of the Fighting Irish
It’s the nation’s first university band, but it’s always new and dynamic. Some 380 students perform with precision and power, en masse or in smaller units, many times during a football weekend. By the time the weekend is over, they will have marched about seven miles. Every game day, they have a new program to perform.
The Band Takes the Field
You will be stirred as they play for you, and you will hear the “Notre Dame Victory March,” one of the most beloved and often-played school fight songs. Last year was that song’s 100th anniversary. You’ll also hear Notre Dame’s famous Alma Mater. When the question is asked, “Is that a school song or a hymn?” some people simply answer, “Yes.”
Trumpets Under the Dome
Catch the trumpet section starting off the weekend’s music with a brief performance in the Main Building rotunda at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. They will rejoin the Band for a rehearsal (public welcome) around 5:00 p.m. before helping to electrify the Pep Rally at 6:00 p.m. Friday ends with the Drummer’s Circle, leading the student body in cheers outside the Main Building, at midnight.
Pre-game Concert, Bond Hall
On Saturday, the band presents its Bond Hall concert 90 minutes before kickoff, followed by a grand march from the Main Building to Notre Dame Stadium, accompanied by cheerleaders and the leprechaun, led by the Irish Guard, and enjoyed by thousands of fans lining the paths.
Drummers’ Circle follows the pre-game concert at Bond Hall…
…Or at Midnight Friday night under the Golden Dome.
For more information regarding the Band of the Fighting Irish, please visit www.ndband.com.