Irish Knight Band 



The Irish Knight Band Tradition

The Irish Knight Band (IKB) has been a part of Notre Dame High School tradition since 1947. Since that time the band has earned a stellar reputation for its standard of excellence. The award winning Irish Knight Band has performed in numerous band review competitions throughout Southern California. The band has appeared in:

  • The Global Ireland Football Tournament (GIFT) and Parade – Dublin, Ireland (2012)
  • The Tournament of Roses Parade – Pasadena, CA (1987)
  • The Fiesta Bowl Parade – Phoenix, Arizona (1984, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2016)
  • The Holiday Bowl Parade – San Diego, CA (1985, 2007)
  • The Calgary Stampede Parade – Alberta, Canada (1989, 1997)
  • The Hollywood Christmas Parade
  • The Fiesta Flambeau Parade – San Antonio, Texas (1977, 1979)

The band regularly earns Superior and Unanimous Superior ratings at concert festivals.

Many studies have shown that students in band score higher on standardized tests. Recently the Texas Music Educators Association monitored test scores for a number of years and band members consistently scored higher than non-band students on the SAT exam.

The IKB is an active part of student life at N.D. The band has not missed a varsity football game since the 1967 season. Students in the band are active on athletic teams and in student government. Typically 45% to 50% of the band members are on the school Honor Roll.

From the first day of Band Camp, students feel they belong to the band, to the school and to each other. The camaraderie amongst band members is one that can last a life time, to the school, and each other.

Band Classes offered:

Band I Winds - is offered to 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who want to learn a woodwind or brass instrument.
Band I Percussion - for ALL incoming percussion students no matter the current skill level.
Band II Concert Band - for 9th and 10th grade students who play at an intermediate level.
Band III Wind Ensemble - for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who play at an advanced level. 
Band IV Percussion Ensemble - for all returning percussion students.
Dance Guard - girls auxiliary unit specializing in dance and flag choreography.
Jazz Band - a big band style jazz ensemble.

Notre Dame High School Band Performing in Dublin, Ireland. August 30, 2012

Notre Dame High School Band Performing in Dublin, Ireland. August 30, 2012

Notre Dame High School Parade in Dublin, Ireland. August 30, 2012

2011 Homecoming Game Halftime Show

Notre Dame Irish Band Merchandise