Marching band benched due to pandemic
Observer Staff Report | Friday, August 7, 2020
Even though the Band of the Fighting Irish began band camp this week, the marching band announced Friday they would not march on the field this football season.
In an email to band members, the marching band staff said, “We will play in the stands, occupying a greatly expanded seating space to facilitate social distancing.”
For the 2020 football season, the Notre Dame athletic department will only allow essential personnel on the football field such as teams, coaches and referees in order to safeguard against COVID-19.
“The Band and others will have to remain in the stands and will not be allowed to perform on the field,” the email said.
The band will play music in the stands during games as they have in the past. The marching band staff said they will try to find a way to continue to perform field shows even though they will not be performed at the football games.