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Expressing thanks

Letter to the Editor | Friday, October 31, 2003

Dear Student Body,

Every once in a while, we are given an opportunity to do something very unique. On Oct. 18, during halftime of the USC game, you helped the Band of the Fighting Irish create a very special atmosphere – one that made a lasting impression on our stadium and our fans around the country.

While your enthusiastic support for the band is always evident in the stadium and around campus, your overpowering participation in “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Livin’ on a Prayer” was particularly outstanding two Saturdays ago. You were so loud that NBC’s sideline television interviews were nearly drowned out. The impact was such that even a member of the USC band commented about how he’d never seen such an overwhelming reaction from any student section. We would have to agree. The band has performed in many of the biggest venues in college football, and nowhere else is any band received as enthusiastically as we are here at home. For that, we extend our most heartfelt thanks. That type of support for your friends and peers is what Notre Dame is all about.

We are looking forward to the final three shows of this season with excitement. We will continue to do our best to prepare entertaining shows that appeal to the wide variety of fans in the stadium. Thank you for helping to make the USC show the best ever and go Irish.

David Cieslakpresident Notre Dame BandOct. 31