Larry Dwyer, assistant director of bands for the Fighting Irish, said that the band members enjoy giving their service.
“Often, the band students — on their fall break and spring break — will organize their own service activities where they'll go to a city where there's tornado damage and clean up,” Dwyer said.
The band even went to help in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
Primarily, the band travels to the football team's games that are within three hours or so of Notre Dame — to Big Ten schools like Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State. There they play for Notre Dame alumni groups like they will this weekend at Lloyd Noble Center, so the trip to The Children's Center is a special treat.
The Notre Dame band will play a portion of the music from their halftime show.
“Some of them are going to walk along with us,” Dwyer said. “We'll push them in wheelchairs and then we will also stop and play them a concert of the Notre Dame pep songs.”
As the Irish do their parade through the halls, Fletcher will be there marching with them in his stroller, as part of the Fighting Irish marching guard.