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

April 22
W, 6-5
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, IN
RECAP
April 22
L, 9-6
Boston College
Brighton, Mass. (Brighton Fields)
RECAP
April 22
3:00 PM
Indiana
Fort Wayne, Ind.
April 22
L, 6-1
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Complex)
RECAP
April 22
W, 5-2
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Hoke Sloan Tennis Center)
RECAP
April 22
11th (304)
ACC Championship
Greensboro, North Carolina
RECAP
April 22
6th of 12 (845, -19)
ACC Championship
New London, N.C. (Old North State Club)
RECAP
April 22
All Day
USA Fencing North American Cup
Richmond, Va.
April 23
All Day
USA Fencing North American Cup
Richmond, Va.
April 23
All Day
ACC Championship
Greensboro, North Carolina
April 24
6:05 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, IN
April 24
5:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 25
TBA
ACC Championships First Round
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
April 25
TBA
ACC Championships First Round
Cary, N.C. (Cary Tennis Park)
April 26
1:00 PM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 26
TBA
ACC Championship First Round
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)
April 27
6:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, IN
April 27
6:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 27
6:30 PM
Mexico
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
April 27
9:00 AM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 27
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich.
April 27
6:00 PM
Duke
Charlottesville, Va. (Klockner Stadium)

ESPNU
April 28
1:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
Strikeout ALS Game
April 28
3:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 28
11:00 AM
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
12:00 PM
Gina Relays
Hillsdale, Mich.
April 28
All Day
Dale England Cup
Bloomington, Ind.
April 29
1:05 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, IN
April 29
12:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
April 29
TBA
ACC Championship
Charlottesville, Va.

ESPNU
May 1
6:05 PM
Western Michigan
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 4
6:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 4
3:00 PM
Billy Hayes Invitational
Bloomington, Ind.
May 5
2:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 5
1:00 PM
Army West Point
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
May 6
1:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, IN

ACC Network Extra
103.1 FM
May 7
All Day
NCAA Regional
TBD
May 8
All Day
NCAA Regional
TBD
May 9
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 9
All Day
NCAA Regional
TBD
May 10
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 10
10:00 AM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Coral Gables, Fla.
May 11
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 11
10:00 AM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Coral Gables, Fla.
May 11
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
TBD (Campus Sites)
May 11
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
TBD
May 11
TBA
NCAA Championship First Round
TBD
May 12
TBA
ACC Championship
Atlanta, Ga. (Mewborn Field)
May 12
12:00 PM
ACC Outdoor Championships
Coral Gables, Fla.
May 12
TBA
NCAA Championship Second Round
TBD
May 13
All Day
ACC Championship
Clemson, S.C.

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