Giving to the Notre Dame Band


The O’Brien Fund


Robert F. Obrien

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 your generous donations will continue to build an endowment for the Notre Dame Band, or go toward the purchase of needed instruments and equipment.

If you currently give to the University’s Annual Fund, or would like to begin on behalf of a great student organization, we ask that you consider earmarking your contribution for the O’Brien Fund. You will receive the same tax advantages and football privileges as with any contribution to the Annual Fund, and your contribution will help the Band members of today and the future. We are deeply grateful to those who make so much more possible through their generosity.

You can donate by phone or mail. To make a credit card donation by phone, please call the band office at (574) 631-7136 during regular business hours (M-F, 9 am – 5 pm Eastern Time). To donate by mail, please complete the donation form with your check and return it to the Band office.

Sponsor A Uniform

Old Uniforms

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

THANK YOU to everyone who has already sponsored a uniform!  Over 250 uniforms have been sponsored to date, and we are well on the way to our goal of 380 sponsorships.

It is not too late to contribute!  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 new plaque that is displayed at the Band Building.

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

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.

Sponsor an Instrument Program


Plaque attached to All Sponsored Instruments

A plaque will be attached to all sponsored instruments with the donor name listed

If you are looking for a way to help out the Band in an immediate and tangible way, consider sponsoring an instrument. Your 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!

Instrument Sponsorship Costs

Marching Band Instruments
Trumpet – $450
Trombone – $450
Falto/Mellophone – $900
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
Euphonium – $2,000
Tuba – $3,500
Timpani – $1,800
Vibraphone/Marimba – $2,500
Cymbals – $200
Steel Drum – $1,000
Snare Drum – $500
Drum Set – $750
String Bass – $1,000