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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March 22
Postponed
Toledo
Notre Dame, IN

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March 22
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Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
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ACC Network Extra
March 23
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)

Championship Central
March 24
7:00 PM
Ohio State
Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)

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NCAA Central
March 24
6:05 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, IN

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March 24
4:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

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ACC Network Extra
March 24
6:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 24
7:30 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (LaBar Practice Complex)
March 24
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 24
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
March 24
4:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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March 24
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)

Championship Central
March 25
4:05 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, IN

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March 25
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

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ACC Network Extra
March 25
12:20 PM
Michigan State
Pontiac, Mich. (Ultimate Soccer Arenas)
March 25
1:55 PM
Oakland
Pontiac, Mich. (Ultimate Soccer Arenas)
March 25
8:00 AM
Longhorn Invitational
Austin, TX
March 25
12:00 PM
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C. (NC State-Paul Derr Track)
March 25
2:00 PM
Ohio State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 25
3:30 PM
Minnesota
Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Arena)

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NCAA Central
March 25
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)

Championship Central
March 26
12:00 PM
NCAA Elite Eight
Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)

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NCAA Central
March 26
1:05 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, IN

103.1 FM
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March 26
12:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

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March 26
12:00 PM
Miami
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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March 26
3:30 PM
NCAA Quarterfinal
Manchester, N.H. (SNHU Arena)

ESPNU
NCAA Central
March 26
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, Ind. (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)

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March 28
6:05 PM
Chicago State
Notre Dame, IN

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March 29
5:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
March 30
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinal
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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NCAA Central
March 31
6:05 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, IN

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March 31
10:00 AM
Texas Relays
Austin, Texas (University of Texas-Mike Meyers Stadium)
March 31
10:00 AM
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif. (Stanford University-Cobb Track)
March 31
3:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burrleson Tennis Center)
March 31
3:30 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Courtney Tennis Center)

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March 31
All Day
Wake Forest Bryan National Collegiate
Greensboro, North Carolina (Bryan Park Golf Course)

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