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Let the band fire up the students

Letter to the Editor | Thursday, October 12, 2006

Regarding pep rally spirit, another feature of the rallies of the 60s and 70s was that the campus was completely silent on Fridays at 6:30. When the huge doors from the old band building were kicked open loudly by the Irish Guard (in “civies”) making a loud “boom” across the campus. The drums would kick in seconds later and the band poured out onto the quad at full volume.

They paraded from dorm to dorm like pied pipers bringing out everyone and lighting up the campus like a torch. Screaming students would jump out of second story dorm windows to join the pandemonium. Then the band would march over to the fieldhouse, Stepan Center or later the “Bra,” with the student body in tow, to hold a fired-up rally with a student body that was already lit up for a fight. Turn the guard and the band loose again!

Terry Butz

Notre Dame fan