The University of Notre Dame Band will kick off its 172nd year with a marchout around the Notre Dame campus on Thursday, August 17 at 9:15 a.m. Beginning outside the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall, the band plans to march past several Notre Dame landmarks including Hesburgh Library, Clarke Memorial Fountain, and Grace Hall. The marchout will conclude at the new Ricci Family Fields.
This will be the band’s first marchout to Ricci Family Fields, the new home of the Band of the Fighting Irish. The complex, which includes three artificial turf fields and a support building, is shared with RecSports.
One of the traditional campus events ringing in the beginning of a new school year, the marchout will feature both veteran band members and students auditioning for a spot in the 2017 Band of the Fighting Irish. Over the course of the four-day audition process, students receive instruction in marching and musical fundamentals, and will complete both music and marching auditions. The audition process concludes the evening of Sunday, August 20.
Dating back to 1845, the Notre Dame Band is the oldest college band in continuous existence in the United States. In addition to a rich history of performing at concerts, campus celebrations and religious ceremonies, the Band of the Fighting Irish has a long tradition of providing music and pageantry for Notre Dame football games and athletic events. The Band was on hand for the first game against the University of Michigan in 1887 and has performed at every home game since.
For more information about the Notre Dame Band, please visit our website: www.ndband.com