Notre Dame College Marching Band

About Us

The Notre Dame College Marching Band is in its second year of existence. The program began in 2009 as part of Notre Dame College’s continuing mission of expansion and integration of bold new idioms of involvement for the student population. Currently the band has over fifty members and is establishing a name that is synonymous with quality entertainment. The students that make up the band are comprised of undergraduates from all different fields of study. The Notre Dame College Marching Band is unique in that it offers students the opportunity to continue performing in a marching ensemble while also pursuing their liberal arts education in a nationally renowned educational institution.

The Notre Dame College Marching Band performs at all home football games, as well as at other venues throughout the Cleveland Region. The band can be seen marching down the streets of Little Italy for the Columbus Day Parade, or on the streets of downtown Cleveland for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. During the winter and spring, the marching band divides into separate performing ensembles, consisting of a Pep Band, Winter Percussion Line, Winter Color Guard, and Winter/Spring Concert Ensembles. The Notre Dame College Marching Band can also be seen at various Christmas-time events throughout the greater South Euclid region in Ohio.

The Notre Dame College Marching Band is building its reputation of being both professional and entertaining as it embarks upon building the traditions that will shape its future. Owing much of the marching and programmatic concepts to that of a “corps-style,” the Notre Dame College Marching Band is proud to bring the marching arts to the collegiate arena in North Eastern Ohio!

Membership in the Notre Dame College Marching Band is based on interest and desire to be part of a dynamic group of young adults that is part of building a culture of music and the arts throughout the Notre Dame College campus. Currently, the Notre Dame College Marching Band is offering generous scholarships for prospective Notre Dame College students who wish to be a part of the Marching Band. The Notre Dame College Marching Band is committed to integrating the Marching Arts into the fabric of the tapestry that is Notre Dame College!

2010-2011 Season

Under the leadership and direction of William Neater, in his first year as director of the Marching Band, as well as with the tutelage of Graduate Assistant Thomas Dobberteen, the band doubles in size within one year and takes tremendous strides forward in their visual and musical production. The band embarks upon their first seven-day band camp during the month of August, which culminates with the band taking the field and performing an amazing performance at the first football game of the season in front of a packed crowd at Brush High School. The performance occurred the day after the completion of band camp, making the amount of work accomplished in one week an amazing testament to the bands emerging work ethic and desire to integrate different styles into a unique Notre Dame College Marching Band style.

The Notre Dame College Marching performed a number of songs throughout the season, capped by their high energy rendition of “The Impression That I Get,” which featured various sections of the band, and highlighted their emerging tradition of complex drill maneuvers in a style consistent with corps-style marching.

The band benefited greatly from the addition of various staff members in all different sections of the band, designed to provide individual, section-based instruction for the various divisions of the band. The band was proud to be the new occupants of the Regina Auditorium, and was witness to the relocation of the band program to the Regina Hall Music Wing, where the band and Notre Dame Choir share practice and performance space.

The Notre Dame College Marching Band, in a season of “firsts,” performed at all the home football games, at an exhibition performance in Elyria, Oh, as well as at the Columbus Day Parade in “Little Italy.” The band has exciting plans for the winter and spring, which involve the creation of the first-ever Notre Dame College Winter Percussion Line and the Notre Dame College Indoor Color Guard, which will compete as an independent unit in the local Ohio circuits. As such, the Percussion line and Color Guard will be able to take on local high school members, leading to greater interest in the Notre Dame College Marching Arts program, as well as spreading Marching Arts instruction throughout the Greater North East Ohio Region. Members of the winds and brass section of the marching band perform as part of the NDC Pep Band, as well as forming several smaller concert ensembles.

The Notre Dame College Marching Band membership has begun to initiate tradition and infuse a sense of pride and dedication to the Marching Band program…and this is just the beginning!

Highlights from the 2010-2011 Season:

  • Our first week long band camp, culminating in the first performance at the end of the week.
  • Five amazingly successful performances at home football games
  • Performance in Little Italy's Columbus Day Parade
  • Pep Rally Performance
  • Moonlight Madness Performance
  • Performance at the rain-soaked Elyria Band Festival!
  • Legacy Village Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Performance at NDC Christmas Tree Lighting
  • Performance of the NDC Ensembles and A'Cappella Ensemble at Legacy Village
  • Performance at Christmas Celebration
  • Notre Dame College Indoor Percussion Ensemble wins GOLD MEDAL at Mid-East Performance Association (MEPA)  Championships in April, 2011
  • Notre Dame College Indoor Colorguard wins SILVER MEDAL at MEPA Championships in April, 2011
  • Notre Dame College Indoor Percussion Ensemble competes and attends the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio!
  • Notre Dame College Marching Band wins BEST BAND in Downtown Cleveland St. Patricks Day Parade
  • Notre Dame College Chamber Ensembles perform on the RADIO!
  • Notre Dame College Chamber Ensembles perform at NDC Graduation.