Supporting the Notre Dame Band

The O’Brien Fund

Robert F. O'Brian, Director of Bands 1952-1986

Robert F. O’Brien, Director of Bands 1952-1986

In honor of his longtime service, dedication, and love for the Band of the Fighting Irish, the Robert F. O’Brien Fund has been established as a means for Band alumni and friends to contribute to the growth and development of this great Notre Dame tradition.

Alumni who Contribute to the O’Brien Fund will be pleased to know that their generous donations will continue to build an endowment for the Notre Dame Band, or go toward the purchase of needed instruments and equipment.

Those who currently give to the University’s Annual Fund, or would like to assist the Band, are asked to consider earmarking contributions for the O’Brien Fund. O’Brien Fund contributions receive the same tax advantages and football ticket privileges as with any contribution to the Annual Fund, and will help the Band members of today and the future. We are deeply grateful to those who make so much possible through their generosity.

To make a donation, contact the Band office at (574) 631-7136 during regular business hours (M-F, 9 am – 5 pm Eastern Time)

Sponsor an Instrument Program

Instrument Donation Plaque

A plaque will be attached to all sponsored instruments with the donor name listed
Those who are looking for a way to help out the Band in an immediate and tangible way may consider sponsoring an instrument. This donation will fund the purchase of a new instrument for the band. The instrument’s case will have a permanent brass plate attached with the name of the donor.

Parents can purchase an instrument which can be used by their son or daughter during the years they play in the Band.

All donations will go through the Development Office’s O’Brien Fund, thus providing the same tax advantages and football ticket privileges as any other contribution to the University’s Annual Fund.

The cost to sponsor an instrument varies by instrument. You can sponsor an instrument today through the Band’s webstore!

We are deeply grateful to those supporting the ND Band who make so much possible through their generosity.  

Marching Band Travel


    (Member schools of the Atlantic Coast Conference.)   

Sponsor Travel for the Notre Dame Band!

Starting with the 2014-15 season, the Irish will face opponents from the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Your gift to the O'Brien Travel Fund will help support future Marching Band travel to away ACC Football Games!  There are four levels of sponsorship:

Green - $100

Silver - $250

Gold - $500

Diamond - $1,000

As with all donations to the Notre Dame Band, your contribution will afford you the same football ticket and tax benefits as other contributions to the University's Annual Fund.

Click HERE to help get the Notre Dame Band to an ACC away game! 

Sponsor A Uniform

Old Marching Band Uniforms

OLD UNIFORMS: In addition to color differences, the band’s oldest uniforms are frayed and worn.

For a $250 donation, alumni, parents, and friends of the band can sponsor a new marching band uniform and keep the Band of the Fighting Irish looking its best.

Sponsor’s names are engraved on a plaque that is displayed at the Band Building.

To sponsor one or more uniforms, visit the Webstore or contact the band office for details.

THANK YOU to everyone who has generously sponsored a uniform!

Drum Major Uniform Sponsorship

You can also sponsor a uniform worn by one of the ND Band’s Drum Majors. These uniforms are worn at each game by one of the Band’s three drum majors. These talented student-leaders conduct the band on the field and lead the band as they march throughout the Notre Dame campus. The cost to sponsor one of these uniforms is $500.

Instrument Sponsorship Costs

Marching Band Instruments (*denotes areas of specific need)

Trumpet – $450
Trombone – $450
Falto/Mellophone – $500*
Marching Baritone – $1,000*
Tenor Saxophone – $1,000
Alto Saxophone – $850
Sousaphone – $3,500*
Clarinet – $400
Piccolo – $400
Concert Band Instruments
Flute – $400
Oboe – $1,250
Bass Clarinet – $1,500
Bassoon – $2,500
Baritone Saxophone – $3,500
French Horn – $2,000
Euphonium – $2,000
Tuba – $3,500
Timpani – $1,800
Vibraphone/Marimba – $2,500
Cymbals – $200
Snare Drum – $500
Drum Set – $750
String Bass – $1,000

For more information about Supporting the Notre Dame Band, click here!

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