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Edmond sisters will sound off in OU, Notre Dame bands in Norman

The Flenniken sisters come from Edmond. One went to Notre Dame and the other to the University of Oklahoma. Saturday, both will play in their schools' bands on Owen Field in Norman.
BY ROBERT MEDLEY Published: October 24, 2012

— Tim Flenniken was 5 years old on that fall Saturday when he saw Notre Dame break the University of Oklahoma Sooners' 47-game winning streak, watching a black-and-white television in his family's Oklahoma City home.

He remembers his parents, devout OU fans, were sad as the TV showed dejected Sooner fans leaving the stadium Nov. 16, 1957.

When Notre Dame returns to Owen Field on Saturday, Flenniken will be filled with joy, regardless of the scoreboard.

It is a homecoming for his family.

A former Sooner fan who became a Fighting Irish fan in the late '80s, Flenniken, of Edmond, has one daughter who plays trumpet in the Notre Dame band and another daughter who plays flute in the OU band.

Notre Dame football is a bond he has shared with his five children.

Flenniken, 62, lives in what looks like a shrine to all things Notre Dame football across the street from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

A banner on the living room wall reads “God, Country, Notre Dame.”

Flenniken's daughter, Mariah, 19, a sophomore at Notre Dame, was hooked on the Fighting Irish by her dad, who does an Irish jig in his living room when the team scores.

“He was the one who inspired me,” she said.

Sooner convert

Bailey Flenniken also was hooked by her dad's passion for the Green and Gold and grew up a Notre Dame fan.

But when her friends decided to go to OU, she followed.

Now she is a Sooner studying psychology.

“I may not be Sooner born and Sooner bred, but when I die I'll be Sooner dead!” she said during a break between classes.

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Band will rehearse in Noble

The Notre Dame band will practice on Noble High School's football field Saturday before heading to Owen Field in Norman. The rehearsal, tentatively scheduled from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m., is open to the public.

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