Eliahu Sussman | Aug. 27, 2013 | School Band and Orchestra Magazine
The University of Notre Dame is home to one of the oldest continuously running collegiate bands in existence. Thought to have been established as early as 1846, four years after the founding of the university, the Band of the Fighting Irish has been a valued contributor to the university since its inception, as well as a constant presence at home football games, from 1887 to the present day.
However, the Notre Dame Marching Band is also much more than a historical footnote. Under the watch of director Dr. Kenneth Dye, the ensemble was awarded the 2011 Sudler Trophy by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The Sudler Trophy is the highest honor in the college marching world, reserved for “collegiate marching bands of particular excellence who have made outstanding contributions to the American way of life.”