Notre Dame Band Travel

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:

Marching and Varsity Band Travel
International Concert Band Travel

Domestic Concert Band Travel


LEFT: Band members perform on barges for thousands of fans on the River Walk in San Antonio, TX.
RIGHT: At halftime, the Band saluted the state of Texas at the Alamdodome.


Marching Band Travel

The Marching Band has performed at numerous post season bowl games including the Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Gator Bowl, and the National Championship, plus performing at away games including Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Florida State, and USC.

In addition to the home performances, the band has performed at Notre Dame’s “neutral site home games” in San Antonio, New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, and Boston.

In 2017, the traveled to Orlando, FL for the Citrus Bowl, and will return to Yankee Stadium in New York City for the 2018 Shamrock Series. 

The Band performs at the 2016 Fiesta Bowl

International Concert Band Travel

2019 - Peru

In the Spring of 2019the band traveled and performed in several cities throughout Peru, and visited the iconic Machu Picchu.

2018 - South Africa

In the Spring of 2018the band traveled to several major cities throughout South Africa, including Cape Town, Pretoria, and Stellenbosch. 

2017 - New Zealand and Australia

In the spring of 2017, the Notre Dame Band returned to Australia and New Zealand! 

2016 - Spain and Portugal

In spring 2016, the Concert Band toured several locations in Spain and Portugal. 

Performance stops included the Thalia Theater in Lisbon, Portugal, a festival concert at the River Douro in Vila Nova de Gaia (Porto, Portugal), and at the Madrid Royal Conservatory of Music.


The Band in front of the Alcázar de Segovia


2015 - Italy, Croatia, and Slovenia

In May 2015, the Band performed in several locations across Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia. Tour highlights included the Future Center in Venice, Italy, the Postogna Cave in Slovenia, and the Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Croatia (pictured right).


2014 - New Zealand and Australia

In May 2014, the Band returned to the New Zealand and Australia on its International Tour. 

Band members toured numerous beautiful locations in both countries, and performed in Hamilton, Hastings, Masterton, and Sydney.

Band members before a concert in Darling Harbour (Sydney, Australia)


2013 - Mediterranean Coast (Spain, Italy, and France)

In May 2013, the University of Notre Dame Concert Band toured Europe's Mediterranean coast and performed in Barcelona, Genoa, and Avignon.

Band members had the opportunity to visit some of the area’s most famous landmarks including Christopher Columbus’s childhood home in Italy, the Palais des Papes in France, and the cathedral of La Sagrada Familia in Spain. 


2012 - London, Paris, and Rome

In May 2012, the University of Notre Dame Concert Band toured three of Europe’s Olympic capitals: London, Paris, and Rome.

While in Europe, students gave several performances in each
city, including London’s Regent Hall, and toured sites such as Westminster Abbey, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Vatican City.

Students also took a cruise on the Seine River, ascended the Eiffel Tower at night, rode on the Eurostar train from London to Paris, and traveled on an overnight train to Rome. 

Students pose for a picture in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France


2011 - Brazil

The Notre Dame Concert Band completed a thrilling tour of the nation of Brazil during May of 2011. The tour featured performances in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Belo Horizonte, and Manaus. 

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. 

 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.

Band members at the Corcavado in Rio do Janeiro


2008 - China and Japan

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 prepared for to host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, in Xi’an, the ancient capital of China featuring the world famous Terra-cotta Warriors, in Shanghai, China’s most modern city, and in Tokyo a truly beautiful and modern city.


Other International Travel

2006 - Austria, Czech Republic
The Band performed in the cities of Vienna, Prague, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.

2004 - New Zealand and Australia
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.

2002 - Scandanavia 
In May 2002, The University of Notre Dame Concert Band toured Norway, Sweden, and Denmark.


Domestic Concert Band Travel

Each year, the Notre Dame Concert Band travels throughout the Midwest and to other select locations on a tour of several domestic locations. 
The Band has performed in cities in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. In addition to the major concert venues below, recent tours have included:
2019 - Indianapolis (IN), Louisville (KY), Monticello (IN)
2018 - Tinley Park (IL), Madison (WI), Oshkosh (WI), Milwaukee (WI)
2017 - Kalamazoo (MI), Pittsburgh (PA), Erie (PA), Cleveland (OH)
2016 - Fort Wayne (IN), Indianapolis (IN), Jasper (IN)


2012 - Severance Hall

On 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 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. 

2010 -  Carnegie Hall

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 were featured on the program. Guest conductor and Notre Dame alum Regis Philbin led the band in the Notre Dame Victory March.

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.”


2009 - Toronto, Canada

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 bands 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.

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