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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February 20
All Day
USA Fencing Junior Olympics
Kansas City, Mo. (Bartle Hall Convention Center)
February 22
5:00 PM
Purdue
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 23
6:30 PM
#RV Texas
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 23
9:00 PM
#20/22 Missouri
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 23
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 23
6:00 PM
Elon
Burlington, N.C. (Rudd Field)
February 24
9:00 PM
San Diego
San Diego, CA

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February 24
3:30 PM
#21/19 Arizona State
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
6:00 PM
#11/12 Georgia
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 24
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 24
6:00 PM
Northwestern
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 24
6:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

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February 25
3:00 PM
TBD
San Diego, CA
February 25
1:00 PM
#4/5 Oklahoma
Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Sports Complex)
February 25
10:00 AM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 25
11:00 AM
ACC Indoor Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.
February 25
3:00 PM
Bowling Green
Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)

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February 25
7:05 PM
Boston University
Boston, Mass. (Agganis Arena)

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February 25
All Day
ACC Championships
Durham, N.C. (TBD)
February 26
6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 26
1:00 PM
TBD
San Diego, CA

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February 26
12:00 PM
Duke
Durham, N.C. (Koskinen Stadium)

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February 26
2:00 PM
Michigan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Arlotta Stadium)
February 26
All Day
ACC Championships
Durham, N.C. (TBD)
February 26
All Day
U. of Wisconsin Westbrook Spring Invitational
Peoria, Arizona (Westbrook Village Golf Club)
February 27
All Day
National Invitational Tournament
Tucson, Arizona (Omni Tucson National)
February 27
All Day
U. of Wisconsin Westbrook Spring Invitational
Peoria, Arizona (Westbrook Village Golf Club)
February 28
All Day
National Invitational Tournament
Tucson, Arizona (Omni Tucson National)
March 1
8:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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