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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11:00 AM
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12:00 PM
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February 24
3:00 PM
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February 24
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February 25
12:00 PM
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February 25
12:00 PM
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February 25
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February 26
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4:00 PM
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March 3
4:00 PM
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March 3
12:30 PM
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March 3
5:00 PM
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March 3
11:00 AM
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March 3
12:00 PM
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March 4
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10:00 AM
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103.1 FM
March 4
11:30 AM
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March 4
1:00 PM
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2:00 PM
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6:00 PM
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March 9
7:00 PM
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5:00 PM
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March 10
7:00 PM
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March 10
1:00 PM
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March 10
3:00 PM
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Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
March 10
12:00 PM
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March 10
2:00 PM
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College Station, Texas
March 10
2:30 PM
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March 10
5:00 PM
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1:00 PM
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March 11
12:00 PM
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1:00 PM
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March 13
3:00 PM
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4:00 PM
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March 13
6:30 PM
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March 13
10:00 AM
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March 13
5:00 PM
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10:00 AM
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March 14
6:00 PM
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March 14
4:00 PM
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March 15
TBA
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March 15
6:00 PM
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March 15
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Columbus, Ohio
March 16
TBA
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March 16
6:00 PM
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Tallahassee, FL

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103.1 FM
March 16
4:00 PM
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March 16
12:00 PM
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March 16
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