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

November 16
W, 105-66
Chicago State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
RECAP
November 17
8:30 PM
Texas A&M
College Station, Texas (Ellis Field)
November 17
7:00 PM
North Carolina
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
Live Stream
November 17
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 17
All Day
Ohio State Fall Open Invitational
Columbus, Ohio
November 18
3:30 PM
Navy
Notre Dame, Ind.
November 18
7:05 PM
RPI
Troy, NY (Houston Field House)
November 18
All Day
Ohio State Fall Open Invitational
Columbus, Ohio
November 19
2:00 PM
Oregon State
Corvallis, Ore.

Pac-12 Network
Live Stream
November 19
6:00 PM
#20 Wisconsin NCAA Round of 32
Notre Dame, Ind. (Alumni Stadium)
November 19
7:00 PM
NCAA Third Round
College Station, Texas (Ellis Field)
November 19
1:00 PM
North Carolina State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
Live Stream
November 19
All Day
Ohio State Fall Open Invitational
Columbus, Ohio
November 20
9:00 PM
Chaminade
Maui, Hawaii (Lahaina Civic Center)
November 21
TBA
Michigan or LSU Maui Invitational Game 2
Maui, Hawaii (Lahaina Civic Center)
November 22
TBA
Maui Invitational Game 3
Maui, Hawaii (Lahaina Civic Center)
November 22
7:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Women's Building)

ACC Network Extra
November 24
7:30 PM
ETSU
Estero, Fla.
November 24
TBA
NCAA Quarterfinals
Campus Sites
November 24
1:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Power Gym)
November 24
7:35 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBCSN
November 25
TBA
Stanford
Stanford, Calif.

TBA
November 25
TBA
USF / Washington St
Estero, Fla.
November 25
7:05 PM
Minnesota
Notre Dame, Ind. (Compton Family Ice Arena)

NBC Sports Chicago Plus
November 26
TBA
Final Round
Estero, Fla.
November 26
TBA
NCAA Championship Round of 16
Campus sites
November 29
6:00 PM
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.

BTN
November 30
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

ESPN
December 1
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Orlando, Fla. (Orlando City Stadium)

ESPNU
December 1
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 2
TBA
NCAA Championship Quarterfinal
Campus sites
December 2
7:05 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, MI (Munn Ice Arena)
December 3
2:00 PM
St. Francis Brooklyn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 3
4:00 PM
UConn
Hartford, Conn.

ESPN
December 3
12:00 PM
NCAA Championship
Orlando, Fla. (Orlando City Stadium)

ESPNU
December 5
7:00 PM
Ball State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 6
7:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACCNE

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