The Band offers students a variety of travel options as part of the program. Please select the type of travel you are interested in learning more about below:
The Marching Band has performed at several post season bowl games including the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Insight.com Bowl, and the Toyota Gator Bowl. The Band also travels each year to select regular season away games. Recent trips have included games at USC, Michigan, Penn State, Florida State, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Purdue, and Michigan.
The Notre Dame Concert Band completed a thrilling tour of the nation of Brazil from May 23rd through June 4th. The tour featured performances in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Belo Horizonte, and Manaus. The band performed a diverse repertoire of music including classic American wind band music, jazz standards by Duke Ellington, European concert marches, music from the Olympics (which Rio de Janeiro will host in 2016), a selection featuring Notre Dame’s New Orleans Brass Band, and a number of Brazilian selections.
The band performed in some of the most famous concert halls in all of South America. In Ouro Preto, the band played before a near capacity crowd at the Teatro Municipal de Ouro Preto. This theatre was constructed in 1770 and is the oldest theater in continuous use in all of the Americas. In Manaus, the band held a concert in the stunning Teatro Amazonas. This venue opened in 1895 and was built as Manaus was becoming one of the wealthiest cities in Brazil because of the rubber boom of the early 20th century. The Teatro Amazonas was designed by a European architect and many of the building materials were imported from Italy and France giving the building the feel and look of an Italian opera house. In Rio de Janeiro the band performed in the beautiful and historic Candelária Church. This church is one of the oldest Catholic churches in all of Brazil and is the iconic place of worship for the city of Rio.
China and Japan Tour, Spring 2008
In May 2008 the Notre Dame Concert Band completed a tour of China and Japan. The tour featured stops in Beijing, the capital of China as it prepares for to host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Xi’an, the ancient capital of China featuring the world famous Terra-cotta Warriors, Shanghai, China’s most modern city, and Tokyo a truly beautiful and modern city. The band performed concerts in each city at local universities and concert halls and was well received throughout the tour. Each stop offered a window into a different part of Chinese and Japanese culture. The trip was truly an experience of a lifetime for all involved. For more information please visit the China and Japan Tour Page.
New Zealand Summer Program
Notre Dame students have the unique opportunity to participate in our New Zealand Summer Program. Students travel to New Zealand where they assist the band program at Lindisfarne College, a preparatory school in Hastings. Here they interact daily with students and faculty and gain a truly intercultural experience. During the summer, Notre Dame students are also allotted time to travel throughout New Zealand and Australia. For more information please download the program flyer.
Austria and Czech Republic 2006In May 2006, the University of Notre Dame Concert Band toured Austria and
the Czech Republic. The band performed in the cities of Vienna, Prague, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. For more information please visit the Austria-Czech 2006 tour page.
New Zealand and Australia Concert Band Tour 2004
In May 2004, the University of Notre Dame Concert Band toured New Zealand and Australia, performing several concerts throughout the region including a concert in the world famous Sydney Opera House. For more information please visit the New Zealand-Australia 2004 tour page.
Scandinavia Concert Band Tour 2002
In May 2002, The University of Notre Dame Concert Band toured Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. For more information please visit the Scandanavia 2002 tour page.
Severance Hall 2011On May 17th the Notre Dame Concert Band performed in the world-renowned Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio. Severance Hall is the home of the Cleveland Orchestra and is considered one of the finest concert halls in the United States. The Band performed an exciting and diverse program. Musical selections included everything fromSousa to Puccini and genres ranging from opera to modern jazz. A special feature of this concert was the addition of music written for organ and band. Notre Dame’s professor of organ, Dr. Craig Cramer, joined the band playing the Norton Memorial Organ, one of the finest organs in the United States featuring over 6,000 individual pipes. The organ is one of the defining features of Severance Hall and hearing the organ’s amazing sound combined with that of the Notre Dame Concert Band’s was a thrill for all in attendance. With Professor Cramer’s assistance, the band performed Gigout’s Grand Chorus in Dialogue and Alfred Reed’s Alleluia! Laudamus Te.
Distinguished guest artists saxophonist Chris Vadala and vocalist Stephen Lancaster also joined the band for the Severance Hall performance. Mr. Vadala, a former member of the Chuck Mangione Band and now a faculty member at the University of Maryland College Park was featured on Mangione’s work The Feel of a Vision, and later joined the band for Duke Ellington’s famous piece, Take the A-Train. Stephen Lancaster is a member of the music faculty at the University of Notre Dame and performed a beautiful Gounod aria in addition to singing the jazz standard by Nat King Cole: L-O-V-E.
The Severance Hall performance featured over 90 student musicians from nearly every field of study at Notre Dame. The concert was attended by an audience of hundreds of Notre Dame fans and music enthusiasts from throughout the Cleveland area and the Midwest.
The Severance Hall performance was the culmination of a 5 day tour through the state of Ohio. In addition to Severance Hall, the band also performed in Lima, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Elyria. While in Cleveland band members also performed some community outreach with concerts for students in the Cleveland Municipal School District to which the ND Band also made a donation of some musical instruments, and a performance at the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Upon their return to campus, band members performed at Notre Dame’s Commencement Exercises.
Carnegie Hall 2010
The Notre Dame Concert Band made history on May 11, 2010 as it made its concert debut on the world-famous Carnegie Hall Stage. The performance featured over 90 student-musicians playing before an enthusiastic audience of nearly 2,000 people. Guest soloists Phil Smith of the New York Philharmonic, Stephen Lancaster of the Notre Dame Music Department, clarinetist Bruce Thornton, and recent alumna Joanna Batt performed were featured on the program and guest conductor and Notre Dame alum Regis Philbin led the band in the Greatest of All University Fight Songs.
The program was highlighted by new works that were commissioned especially for this performance. Award winning composer Joseph Turrin’s Fanfare and Prelude and renowned band composer Samuel Hazo’s Siorai September were both premiered by the Notre Dame Band and both composers were in attendance at the Carnegie Hall performance.
Carnegie Hall was the last stop on the Band’s spring concert tour. The Band performed concerts in Cortland, Ohio, Easton, Pennsylvania, Suffern, New York, and Ramsey, New Jersey on their “Road to Carnegie Hall.”
Toronto, Canada 2009
The Band’s 2009 Concert Tour brought it to the beautiful city of Toronto, Ontario. With performances en route in Strongsville, Ohio; Erie, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Erie, Pennsylvania, the band performed 4 concerts during its spring tour. While in Toronto, the Band performed with the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army, one of the finest brass band’s in all of Canada. The program featured an eclectic mix of sacred, secular, and popular music and showcased the two groups combining to perform The Stars and Leafs Forever a combination of the Canadian folk song The Maple Leaf Forever and John Philip Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever.
In between performances students had time to explore the city of Toronto with some visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame and many attending the Yankees vs. BlueJays baseball game at the Rogers Centre. While at Niagra Falls, band members had the opportunity to ride the world-famous Maid of the Mist and get an up-close view of the waterfalls.
Upon returning to campus, the band performed at Notre Dame’s Commencement exercises and associated graduation week ceremonies.
The concerts featured California themed music, including Route 66, by Bobby Troup, a song about the famous highway from Chicago to Los Angeles, Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams, originally composed for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, El Camino Real by Alfred Reed, a composition about the famous “King’s Highway”; that runs throughout southern California.
Students also had the opportunity to visit many of the famous sites of Southern California. Students toured Hollywood, the famous Santa Monica Pier, and the beautiful beach at La Jolla. Upon return to South Bend band members performed a concert in the Debartolo Performing Arts Center as well as provided music for the Graduation Mass, ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, and Notre Dame Commencement Excercises as part of commencement weekend activities back on the ND campus.