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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September 25
1:00 PM
UIC
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
September 25
3:00 PM
UIC
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
September 25
W, 4-0
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
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September 25
W, 3-0
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (James L. Knight Complex)
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ACC Network Extra
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September 25
t6th (of 12)
U. of Oklahoma Schooner Fall Classic
Norman, Oklahoma (Belmar Golf Club)
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Live Scoring
September 25
14th (of 16)
Georgia State Maui Jim Intercollegiate
Scottsdale, Arizona (Mirabel Golf Club)
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Live Scoring
September 25
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 26
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 27
7:00 PM
USSSA Pride
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
September 27
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 28
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 29
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
September 30
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Ambrose Urbanic Field)

ACC Network Extra
ACC Network Extra
September 30
2:00 PM
ND/Joe Piane Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (ND Golf Course)
September 30
4:00 PM
Michigan State/Iowa
East Lansing, Mich. (McCaffree Pool)
September 30
4:00 PM
Michigan State/Iowa
East Lansing, Mich. (McCaffree Pool)
September 30
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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September 30
All Day
Northwestern Invitational
Evanston, Ill.
September 30
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
12:00 PM
Syracuse
East Rutherford, N.J.(MetLife Stadium)

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Game Week Central
October 1
12:00 PM
Loyola
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
October 1
4:00 PM
NIU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Melissa Cook Stadium)
October 1
7:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, Ky. (Lynn Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
October 1
1:00 PM
Delaware
Bethesda, Md. (Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart)
October 1
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 1
All Day
Northwestern Invitational
Evanston, Ill.
October 1
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 1
All Day
All-American Championships - Pre-Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 2
9:00 AM
Maryland
College Park, Md. (University of Maryland)
October 2
9:00 AM
Florida
College Park, Md. (University of Maryland)
October 2
1:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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October 2
5:05 PM
USNTDP
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)
October 2
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 2
All Day
All-American Championships - Pre-Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.
October 2
All Day
Northwestern Invitational
Evanston, Ill.
October 2
All Day
ITF Futures
Fountain Valley, Calif.
October 3
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 4
7:00 PM
Indiana
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)

ACC Network Extra
October 4
All Day
ITA All-American Championships Qualifying
Tulsa, Okla. (Michael Case Tennis Center)
October 4
All Day
All-American Championships - Qualifying
Pacific Palisades, Calif.

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