“It was kind of nuts to see everyone just freak out when we we're just killing Texas,” she said.
Bailey Flenniken said she will be welcome at home regardless of Saturday's score between the football teams.
“The kids don't have to like Notre Dame to be loved by us,” said mom Cynthia Flenniken.
Family plays together
Both girls graduated from Edmond Memorial High School and were in the band there.
Two of their siblings, 16-year-old twins John and Hannah, are at Edmond Memorial High School and aspire to be in the band.
Oldest sister Shawna Flenniken played flute in the Notre Dame band before she graduated in 2002.
Tim Flenniken said his first Notre Dame football game in South Bend, Ind., was “a mystical experience.”
Mariah Flenniken shares his infatuation with Notre Dame.
“It's been amazing. When you first get to campus you don't know anybody, and with the band you get an automatic family,” she said.
She's excited to return to Oklahoma. The trip is important to Notre Dame folks because of the two schools' rich tradition on the football field, she said.
“It's going to be so exciting. I can't wait,” Mariah Flenniken said. “I say Notre Dame wins.”
There has been friendly smack talk, she said.
Her father won't be watching the OU-Notre Dame game on TV this time. He will be at the game.
Tim Flenniken won't make a prediction for the score.
“I'll definitely be as impartial as possible,” he said.
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.