Notre Dame Football Weekends – Bond Hall Concert

Last year in late October we had the privilege to visit the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana for several days. This included the Friday before a home football game as well as Saturday game day. It is just incredible how many different activities occur on those two days.

For those interested in our experiences last year, with lots and lots of pictures and videos feel free to visit our Notre Dame page.

This year, for the second year in a row, we had the same privilege. It was the week of the game vs the Stanford Cardinals.

While the results of the football game did not turn out as we would have liked, it still was an incredible experience.

Over the next week or so we will write several articles, like this one with several pictures and videos, about our experience.

Today, we focus on the Notre Dame Marching Band game day concert at the steps of Bond Hall.

What follows are several video clips of various songs played by the Band. Each of these were taken on September 25, 2010, the day of the Fighting Irish football game against the Stanford Cardinals. Here is a picture of a portion of the University of Notre Dame Marching Band as they gather at the steps of Bond Hall.

 Notre Dame Football Weekends   Bond Hall Concert

Seems like a lot of band members, doesn’t it? Well, you haven’t seen them all yet. Below is a picture with all of them playing in this concern once in position; just look at them all!

 Notre Dame Football Weekends   Bond Hall Concert

What I didn’t capture in video were the few minutes before the 20 minute concert began as each band member took his or her position on the steps of the Bond Hall building. While they and the crowd were waiting band members took turns together in small groups shouting out to their parents within the crowd. It was pretty nice to experience, even though I do not have any son or daughter attending the University.

The bad proceeded to play different Notre Dame songs as you can hear in these video clips. First is the Victory Clog song.

They also played a collection of songs that they were to play during the half time of the Fighting Irish football game. I did not video tape those songs, as I focused on the more traditional Notre Dame related songs, like the Alma Mater played in the video clip below.

It is one thing to hear them play while they are marching in Notre Dame Stadium. It is a completely different perspective hearing them play the same tunes so close to you. Here is the portion of the 1812 Overture which is also played between the 3rd and 4th quarters of Fighting Irish home football games.

Here is one of my favourites, Hike Notre Dame.  Coincidentally, I also heard this same song as I was walking out of Disney’s Epcot theme park earlier this year which was pretty cool.

Of course, they ended with the Notre Dame Victory March, known around the world, which you and see and here in the video clip below:

They all played so well. I can’t imagine handling a full course load at such an academically challenging school like the University of Notre Dame plus taking the time to practice their instruments individually, plus more time practicing as a band plus even more time practicing playing and marching in unison.

Cheer, Cheer for the gals and guys in the University of Notre Dame Marching Band! They certainly make the whole game day experience that much more enjoyable.

Select this link to see and hear the Notre Dame BagPipe Band in concert on game day in front of the Golden Dome

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