The Center for History in South Bend has opened a new exhibit – The Band of the Fighting Irish.
This particular music exhibit is open at the South Bend facility until Aug. 2, 2014 and will feature vintage photographs, instruments, uniforms and more. The Band of the Fighting Irish exhibit chronicles the 168 years that the Notre Dame band has been in existence. The Band’s history includes its presence at the very first Notre Dame football game played against Michigan in 1887.
The first band was formed in 1846 – four years after Notre Dame was established.
On display is the Sudler Trophy that was awarded to the Notre Dame Band in the 2011-2012 school year. This trophy is presented by the John Phillip Sousa Foundation and is considered the highest award for college bands. It is the only nationally-recognized award for college marching bands.
Only about one percent of the Notre Dame band are music majors. The majority of the students major in all other areas of study at the university. The band also includes students from neighboring St. Mary’s College and Holy Cross College.
You can view the display at the Center for History in South Bend Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. ET. There is an admission charge of $8 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and $5 for children ages 6 to 17.