Traditions

Notre Dame Marching Band

The marching band of the University of Notre Dame, appropriately called The Band of the Fighting Irish, is the oldest university band in continual existence and has been on hand for every home game since football started at Notre Dame in 1887.

Notre Dame's band, born in 1845, celebrated its 150th season in 1995 and was among the first in the nation to include pageantry, precision drill and the now-famous picture formations during performances.

The kickoff of a football weekend is the traditional Friday evening pep rally. The band historically mustered the students with its march through the campus and arrived as the head of a parade of Irish faithful at the University's Stepan Center.

The band first accepted women from neighboring Saint Mary's college in 1970 before Notre Dame became co-educational in 1972. The band was declared a "landmark of American Music" in 1976 by the National Music Council.

Ken Dye currently serves as band director. He holds degrees from the University of Houston, Long Beach State and USC. He has directed bands at Rice University and Houston and arranged music performed at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia.

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Event Calendar

Delta

August 9
3:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 14
8:00 PM
SIUE
Edwardsville, Ill. (Korte Stadium)
August 14
1:00 PM
Illinois
Urbana, Ill. (Illinois Soccer and Track Stadium)
August 17
8:00 PM
Bradley
Peoria, Ill. (Shea Stadium)
August 19
7:00 PM
Wright State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 21
3:00 PM
Wisconsin
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 22
5:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 25
7:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich. (U-M Soccer Stadium)
August 26
7:30 PM
UC Irvine
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 26
7:00 PM
Seton Hall
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
August 27
12:30 PM
Cleveland State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
August 27
7:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
August 28
2:00 PM
New Mexico
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
August 28
5:00 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 2
5:00 PM
Stanford
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 2
7:00 PM
Illinois State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 2
7:00 PM
Coastal Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 3
12:30 PM
Howard
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 3
7:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

Tournament Central
September 3
All Day
Notre Dame Kickoff Challenge
Notre Dame, Indiana (Warren Golf Course)
September 4
6:30 PM
Texas
Austin, Texas

ABC
September 4
12:30 PM
California
Bloomington, Ind. (Armstrong Stadium)
September 4
5:00 PM
Missouri
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 9
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
September 9
10:00 PM
Santa Clara
San Jose, Calif. (Buck Shaw Stadium)
September 9
4:00 PM
Stony Brook
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
3:30 PM
Nevada
Notre Dame, Ind.

NBC
September 10
11:00 AM
San Diego State
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 10
7:00 PM
Rhode Island
Kingston, R.I. (Keaney Gymnasium)
September 11
2:00 PM
Stanford
Stanford, Calif. (Cagan Stadium)

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