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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May 5
10th, 309
NCAA Birmingham Regional
Shoal Creek Club, Birmingham, Ala.
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Regional Central
May 6
7:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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May 6
11th, 623 (309-314)
NCAA Birmingham Regional
Shoal Creek Club, Birmingham, Ala.
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Regional Central
May 6
3:00 PM
Billy Hayes Invitational
Bloomington, Ind.
May 7
4:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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May 7
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

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Kids Day Color-Me Pennants for the first 100 kids
May 7
3:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

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Kids Day Color-Me Pennants for the first 100 kids
May 7
8:30 AM
NCAA Birmingham Regional
Shoal Creek Club, Birmingham, Ala.

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Regional Central
May 8
1:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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May 8
12:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

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Senior Day Replica jersey koozies for the first 250 fans Moms get in FREE for Mother's Day
May 8
12:00 PM
Army
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)

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May 10
6:05 PM
LSU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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WHME 103.1 FM
May 11
6:05 PM
LSU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Frank Eck Stadium)

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May 12
TBA
ACC Championship Quarterfinals
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 13
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Boshamer Stadium)

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WHME 103.1 FM
May 13
TBA
ACC Championship Semifinals
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 13
10:00 AM
UCLA NCAA First Round
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Courts)
May 13
All Day
ACC Championships
Clemson, S.C. (Lake Hartwell)
May 13
All Day
ACC Outdoor Championships
Tallahassee, Fla.
May 13
TBA
NCAA First Round
TBA Campus Sites
May 14
6:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Boshamer Stadium)

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May 14
TBA
ACC Championship Final
Raleigh, N.C. (Dail Softball Stadium)
May 14
11:00 AM
Stanford NCAA First Round
Evanston, Ill. (Vandy Christie Tennis Center)
May 14
4:00 PM
NCAA Second Round
Columbus, Ohio (Varsity Tennis Courts)
May 14
All Day
ACC Championships
Clemson, S.C. (Lake Hartwell)
May 14
All Day
ACC Outdoor Championships
Tallahassee, Fla.

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