This weekend, forty members of the Brazilian youth band Meninos do Morumbi will be on campus. They will perform with the Notre Dame Marching Band during the Drummer’s Circle on Friday at Midnight, at the Marching Band Concert at Bond Mall on Saturday at 2 p.m., and culminate with a dual performance during halftime of the Notre Dame vs. Stanford game. All fans are encouraged to attend these events.
The group, created by Flávio Pimenta in 1996, consists of adolescents from the city of São Paulo, Brazil, and provides an educational alternative to the drugs and juvenile delinquency prevalent in their city. The Meninos do Morumbi band has performed over 500 concerts in Brazil and in Europe, including a performance for the President of the United States.
The Morumbi students have become increasingly popular by playing, dancing, and singing in diverse styles such as samba, maracatu, funk, and aguere among others.
This is the second collaboration between Meninos Do Morumbi and the University of Notre Dame Band. In May 2011, 66 members of the Notre Dame Concert Band performed with the group in São Paulo as part of their 5-city concert tour of Brazil.