Following my recent visit to the campus of the University of Notre Dame to experience a football weekend of the Fighting Irish, I wrote two articles with lots of pictures and video clips on both the Notre Dame Bagpipe Band playing in front of the Main Administration (Golden Dome) building and the Notre Dame Marching Band playing on the steps of Bond Hall, both on the University campus.
This article focuses on the University of Notre Dame Marching Band performing inside Notre Dame Stadium in the minutes prior to the start of the football game.
Now, one of the most visually stunning events for me occurs as the Marching Band makes its entrance into the stadium from the North Tunnel. The above picture includes both the Notre Dame Marching and Alumni Bands on the field at the same time. The sight of all those young , and in some cases not so young , men and women band members running in unison onto the football field as they are playing their instruments is truly a sight to behold.
This first video clip contains both their entrance onto the field and a few minutes thereafter playing Hike Notre Dame. Notice towards the end of the clip where the Alumni band joins the current Marching Band on the field.
These video clips were taken from the upper area of the stadium in section 111, around the 30 yard line.
This next video has the Marching Band together with the Alumni Band playing the Notre Dame Victory March.
And, the following is a video of the American Flag, Old Glory, being raised by the Irish Guard, inside the stadium.
As mentioned, these videos were taken from mid-way up the upper area of Notre Dame Stadium.
For comparison purposes, here is the video clip of the Notre Dame Marching Band entering the stadium last year when we had seats much closer to the field in the lower area around the 50 yard line.
This type of pageantry is one of the reasons why more and more I tend to enjoy College football and not so much the NFL.
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