Traditions

Notre Dame Victory March

Without a doubt the most recognizable collegiate fight song in the nation, the "Notre Dame Victory March" was written just past the turn of the century by two brothers who were University of Notre Dame graduates.

Michael J. Shea, a 1905 graduate, wrote the music and his brother, John F. Shea, who earned degrees in 1906 and 1908, wrote the words. The song was copyrighted in 1908 and a piano version, complete with lyrics, was published that year.

Michael, who became a priest in Ossining, N.Y., collaborated on the project with John, who lived in Holyoke, Mass. The song's public debut came in the winter of 1908 when Michael played it on the organ of the Second Congregational Church in Holyoke.

The "Notre Dame Victory March" later was presented by the Shea brothers to the University and it first appeared under the copyright of the University of Notre dame in 1928. The copyright was assigned to the publishing company of Edwin H. Morris and the copyright for the beginning of the song is still in effect.

The words and music which begin with the words "Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame" are in the public domain in the United States, but are protected in all territories outside of the country.

Notre Dame's fight song was first performed at Notre Dame on Easter Sunday, 1909, in the rotunda of the Administration Building. The University of Notre Dame band, under the direction of Prof. Clarence Peterson, played it as part of its athletic event 10 years later. In 1969, as college football celebrated its centennial, the "Notre Dame Victory March" was honored as the "greatest of all fight songs."

Michael Shea was the pastor of St. Augustine's Church in Ossining until his death in 1938. John Shea, a baseball monogram winner at Notre Dame, became a Massachusetts state senator and live in Holyoke until his death in 1965.

Lyrics:

Rally sons of Notre Dame:
Sing her glory and sound her fame,
Raise her Gold and Blue
And cheer with voices true:
Rah, rah, for Notre Dame
We will fight in ev-ry game,
Strong of heart and true to her name
We will ne'er forget her
And will cheer her ever
Loyal to Notre Dame

Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.
What though the odds be great or small
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to victory.

The original lyrics, written when all athletes at Notre Dame were male, refer to 'sons,' but in recognition of the fact that the 'Victory March' is now played for athletic teams composed of men and women, many modify the words accordingly.

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Delta

August 20
W, 3-1
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
RECAP
August 23
7:00 PM
Stony Brook
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 24
7:00 PM
Saint Louis
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
Live Stream
August 24
7:00 PM
Weber State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
Live Stream
August 25
12:30 PM
Toledo
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
Live Stream
August 25
7:00 PM
Northern Kentucky
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
Live Stream
August 26
1:00 PM
Butler
Indianapolis, Ind.

BIG EAST Digital Network
August 30
7:00 PM
Cincinnati
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 31
5:00 PM
UConn
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
August 31
5:45 PM
Crusader Open
Valparaiso, Ind.
August 31
6:00 PM
Oakland
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 1
7:30 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
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September 2
5:00 PM
Dartmouth
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 2
1:00 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 2
2:00 PM
Purdue
West Lafayette, Ind.
September 7
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (SU Soccer Stadium)
September 7
9:00 PM
Stanford
Palo Alto, Calif.

Pac-12 Network
Pac-12 Network Link
September 7
7:00 PM
Western Kentucky
Bowling Green, Ky.
September 8
3:30 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 8
10:30 AM
Miami Oh
Bowling Green, Ky.
September 8
5:30 PM
Chattanooga
Bowling Green, Ky.
September 9
4:00 PM
Santa Clara
Santa Clara, Calif.
September 9
All Day
Badger Invitational
Madison, Wis.
September 10
All Day
Minnesota Invitational
Woodbury, Minnesota
September 10
All Day
Badger Invitational
Madison, Wis.
September 11
7:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 11
All Day
Minnesota Invitational
Woodbury, Minnesota
September 11
All Day
Badger Invitational
Madison, Wis.
September 14
7:00 PM
Virginia
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)
September 14
3:30 PM
National Catholic Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
September 14
7:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.
September 15
2:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 15
All Day
Rich Harvest Farms
Sugar Grove, Ill.
September 16
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 16
1:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
September 16
All Day
Rich Harvest Farms
Sugar Grove, Ill.
September 17
7:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 20
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky.
September 21
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 21
6:30 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.
September 22
TBA
Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C.

TBA
September 23
12:00 PM
Wake Forest
Wake Forest, N.C.
September 23
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C.
September 24
All Day
Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational
Winston-Salem, N.C.
September 25
7:00 PM
Xavier
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 25
All Day
Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational
Winston-Salem, N.C.
September 28
8:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 28
5:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 28
2:00 PM
Joe Piane Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind.
September 28
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C.
September 28
All Day
Schooner Fall Classic
Norman, Oklahoma
September 29
7:30 PM
Stanford
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 29
All Day
Schooner Fall Classic
Norman, Oklahoma
September 30
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga.
September 30
All Day
Schooner Fall Classic
Norman, Oklahoma
October 2
7:30 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, Ill. (Martin Stadium)
October 4
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 5
All Day
Bettie Lou Evans Invitational
Lexington, Kentucky
October 6
TBA
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va.

TBA
October 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 6
All Day
Bettie Lou Evans Invitational
Lexington, Kentucky
October 7
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
October 7
1:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
October 7
All Day
Fighting Irish Classic
Notre Dame, Ind.
October 7
All Day
Bettie Lou Evans Invitational
Lexington, Kentucky
October 8
All Day
Fighting Irish Classic
Notre Dame, Ind.
October 10
2:00 PM
Indiana/Kentucky
Bloomington, Ind. (IU Natatorium)
October 10
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky.

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