Notre Dame Band to perform in Carnegie Hall

by Notre Dame News

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The Notre Dame Band will make history on May 11 (Tuesday) as it make its concert debut on the stage of the world famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The concert is an exclusive presentation of the University of Notre Dame and more than 90 Notre Dame student musicians from nearly every academic discipline at the University will be featured on the program. The students will share the stage with several guest artists, including: Phil Smith of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Lancaster of the Notre Dame Department of Music, and television personality, entertainer and Notre Dame alumnus Regis Philbin.

The concert will be a musical milestone for the Notre Dame Band and will leave a legacy of new music. Renowned composers Joseph Turrin and Samuel Hazo were both commissioned to write new works for the occasion. Turrin’s “Fanfare and Prelude” and Hazo’s “Siorai September” will each have their premiere performances at Carnegie Hall by the Notre Dame Band.

Performing at Carnegie Hall is an accomplishment more than 165 years in the making for the Notre Dame Band and this concert will be a celebration of Notre Dame, its talented student musicians, and the loyal sons and daughters of the University that have sustained the Band of the Fighting Irish for the past century and a half.

Proceeds from the Carnegie Hall performance will benefit Salvation Army music programs in the New York area and the BandLink program in South Bend. BandLink is a collaboration between the Notre Dame Band and the Salvation Army through which Notre Dame students and staff provide instruction on brass and percussion instruments to students through the Salvation Army’s facilities in downtown South Bend.

The performance at Carnegie Hall is the final stop on the band’s spring concert tour. The band also will perform in Cortland, Ohio on May 7; Easton, Pa., on May 8; Suffern, N.Y., on May 9; and Ramsey, N.J., on May 10. More information about these performances is available by visiting the Notre Dame Band’s Website,, or contacting the Band Office at 574-631-7136. Tickets for the Carnegie Hall performance are available through the Carnegie Hall Box Office at or 212-247-7800.

Dating back to 1845, the Notre Dame Band is the oldest college band in continuous existence in the United States and was honored as such by being declared a “Landmark of American Music” by the National Music Council and the Indiana Music Educators Association.

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