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Band Performs at Browns Game on 9/11

The Notre Dame College Marching Band has been selected to provide halftime entertainment when the Cleveland Browns face off against the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium at 1 p.m. on the Sunday, Sept. 11.

“We are honored to have been asked to perform at Browns Stadium on the 10th anniversary of 9/11,” said Director of Bands Bill Neater. “It is a privilege to play in front of tens of thousands of people on a day that evokes so many emotions in us Americans.”

Neater said the selection of his band to perform on Sept. 11 is a fitting beginning to its 2011-12 program “American Sketches,” which presents snapshots of music that helped found the nation. “We can think of no better way to honor 9/11 than to share our performance and celebrate the birth of American music,” Neater said.

Notre Dame's marching band has experienced many successes in only two years.
NDC's marching band has experienced many successes in only two years.

Notre Dame students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the College, as well as the community at large are invited to listen to the band as it performs at a pre-game tailgate party on Alfred Lerner Way in front of the stadium. The tailgate party at the West 3rd Parking Lot will start at 8 a.m.

“I am tremendously proud of the band members and so happy that they will get the opportunity of a lifetime to perform in front of thousands of home-town fans,” Neater said. “It is going to be a great day for our band, Notre Dame College, and the NDC community.”

Neater said the selection of the Notre Dame marching band to perform during the NFL game is a testament to its hard work and dedication. Only in its second year of existence, Notre Dame’s band program currently has 75 members and is rapidly establishing a name that is synonymous with high-quality entertainment. The successes of the band program during 2010-11 academic year have captured the attention of many Clevelanders and others from beyond Northeast Ohio. Highlights include: 

  • The marching band won the BEST BAND award in downtown Cleveland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
     
  • The band’s indoor percussion ensemble won the GOLD MEDAL at the Mid-East Performance Association (MEPA) Championships in April
     
  • The band’s indoor color guard won the SILVER MEDAL at MEPA Championships in April

Notre Dame’s band offers students the opportunity to perform in a marching ensemble while pursuing a liberal arts education at an outstanding and growing college. It performs at all Notre Dame College home football games, as well as at other venues in the Greater Cleveland area. It can be seen marching down the streets of Little Italy for the Columbus Day Parade, or at various Christmas-time events in the area.

During winter and spring, the marching band splits into separate performing ensembles, consisting of a pep band, a winter percussion line, the winter color guard, and the winter/spring concert ensembles. Owing much of the marching and programmatic concepts to that of a “corps-style,” the Notre Dame College band is proud to bring the marching arts to the collegiate arena in North Eastern Ohio, as it builds a reputation of being both professional and entertaining.