University of Notre Dame

Game Day

Bagpipe Band


Leaders of the Pack


It is a distinct, unmistakable sound that can be heard all across campus just over two hours prior to kick-off on home game Saturdays. The Notre Dame Bagpipe Band’s rendition of “Scotland the Brave” has become Notre Dame’s battle hymn in a way, as it is the song played to lead the Fighting Irish Football team into the Stadium to take on their opponent of the day.

The kilt clad group of fourteen who plays this song to clear the path from the Library to the gates of the Stadium begins tuning on Library Quad just after the Glee Club wraps up its performance at approximately 1:00 PM*. You can also catch their earlier performance in front of Main Building at 11:30 AM* on each Game Day.

Be sure to grab a spot early for the Player Walk along this route and you will hear the sounds of the Bagpipe Band leading the team!

*Times mentioned here apply on Game Days with a 3:30 PM ET kickoff time. For night games, please consult the game specific schedule available by selecting the game to the right