The Best Band in the Land

Taking in some of the traditions of the Notre Dame Marching Band is a must when visiting for a home football weekend. On Fridays before home games, the Trumpets gather under the Dome at 4:00pm on the second floor. Fans gather around the rings of the third and fourth floors looking down as the Trumpets play. Then on game day Saturdays about an hour before kickoff, the Trumpets now line the third and fourth floors of the Main Building. As fans stand below looking at the bells against the ceiling of the Dome, the Trumpets perform the Alma Mater followed by the Victory March. If nothing else will get you into the game day mood, then this certainly will.

Trumpets Under the Dome

After the Trumpets under the Dome 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.

Midnight Drummer’s Circle

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