Band Represents ND throughout Southern California
In addition to appearances at all ND varsity football games, our band has been busy representing ND in band reviews and parades on Saturday mornings. In October and November the Irish Knight Band appeared in the Loara Band Review in Anaheim, the Riverside King Band Review, and the Arcadia Festival of Bands. The IKB once again performed well this season, receiving First Place at Loara, and Fifth Place at Riverside King. Drum Major Nick Weber also received a Second Place finish in the Open Mace division at Riverside King. Congratulations to all the members of the Irish Knight Band and Dance Guard for their wonderful performances and for representing Notre Dame in front of thousands of spectators at these events.
Color Guard Competes
Marching alongside the band at football games, parades, and band reviews, the Notre Dame Dance Guard has had a successful Fall season, winning Third Place at Loara, Fourth Place at Riverside King and an amazing Fifth Place performance at Arcadia. Thanks to the coaching of Head Dance Guard Instructor Leticia Alcuran and Assistant Instructor Danny DeLuna, and the dedication of the Dance Guard Team, the Dance Guard will use their momentum from the marching season to improve upon their successful Winter Guard season from last year. Winter Guard competitions begin on February 8 and run through WGASC Championships on April 18. Congratulations Dance Guard on a great fall and good luck in the spring.
Irish Knight Band Marches at Disneyland
On Sunday, January 18, the band will march down at Disney as part of the Disneyland Community Arts Showcase. The location (Disneyland or California Adventure) and performance time has not been announced, but this is a great opportunity to visit one of the great Disney parks and see our IKB perform. Venue and performance times will be announced in mid-December. Please check the band calendar on our website for updated details.
Arts Night at Notre Dame
On Thursday, January 30, the Notre Dame Visual and Performing Arts Department will host the third annual Arts Night right here at Notre Dame. The Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Dance Guard will have several short performances as part of the walking tours along with the choir, theater, photography, and visual art students. Please join us as we celebrate our students’ skills and talent. Tours will begin at 6 p.m. and run through 8 p.m.
Bandcake Breakfast and Family Mass
Mark your calendars for the Band Booster's traditional Bandcake Breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, February 2. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m. Tickets for Bandcake will be available soon from all band families, and ticket admission includes performances by the Notre Dame Jazz Band. You will also have the opportunity to bid on some great gifts at a silent auction during the event.
The Holy Cross Family Mass will also be on Sunday, February 2, and will begin at 9 a.m. in the Notre Dame Gym. Please attend our Mass, bid on silent auction items after Mass, and enjoy breakfast and jazz band performances. What a great way to start your Super Bowl Sunday. More information will be available after the Christmas break. This is your opportunity to show your appreciation and support for our band.
Saturday Band Program
Notre Dame’s Saturday Band Concert is quickly approaching on December 21. The concert for the Beginning and Squires Band will be at 10 a.m. in the ND Gym.
For 35 years Notre Dame High School has sponsored a band program for grammar school students, grades 4-8. Students learn to play a band instrument in a one hour class lesson each week. Two classes are offered, one for beginning students and one for students who already play an instrument. The cost of the class lesson is $20 per month per student. There are two concerts a year, one at the end of each semester. Classes for the Spring Semester will begin on January 12. For more information, contact the Band Center at (818) 933-3672.
Beginning Band is for students who want to learn to play an instrument. At this point in the year it is too late to accept new members in the Beginning Band class, but you can always plan ahead for next year when the class rotation begins in September. An instrument rental program is available. The class meets every Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Notre Dame.
Squires Bandis for students who already know how to play. New students should bring instruments and report prior to 9 a.m. to fill out registration forms. The class meets every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Notre Dame.