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Notre Dame's visit about more than football

Fighting Irish band plans visit to The Children's Center in Bethany.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: October 23, 2012

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.

OU-Notre Dame schedule of events



8 p.m. at Myriad Gardens Great Lawn

The Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City won't let Irish fans go without their Friday night pep rally. Jason Beckstrom, a native Oklahoman and a member of the 1999 Irish team (the last Irish squad to play Oklahoma) will be one of the speakers. The Notre Dame Marching Band will also perform. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, Oct. 27:


Noon at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Norman

The church is located at 3939 W. Tecumseh Road.


1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Noble High School

The high school is located at 4601 E. Etowah Road in Noble. The practice is free and open to the public.


2 P.M. at Lloyd Noble Center on OU's campus

Located about one mile south of the football stadium, the Notre Dame Club of Oklahoma City is offering a tailgate party that starts four hours before kickoff with all-you-can-eat concessions for $40 per person. The tailgate party will also include beer, games, musical entertainment and large-screen televisions. The screens will remain up during the game for anyone who doesn't have a ticket that wants to watch the game.

For more information on these events, contact Mike Milligan at (405) 525-8331, ext. 1. Further details are available online at


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