Notre Dame Concert Band to Perform at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center

By Majors, Dan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), May 13, 2013 | Go to article overview

Notre Dame Concert Band to Perform at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center


Majors, Dan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Rally sons and daughters of Notre Dame, tonight at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland.

These are real members of the Fighting Irish marching band, led by Kenneth Dye. It's the oldest college band (in continuous existence) in these United States.

It's not all 380-plus members, mind you. The concert band is a subset of that band. It consists of 85 players and a vocalist, but that's more than enough to make your Irish eyes smile as if you were attending a college reunion.

It's part concert, part pep rally.

"This is the second time we'll have them appearing here," said Sal Aloe, managing director of the center. "But it's their fourth time in Beaver County. They came to Ambridge twice while I was teaching at Ambridge [High School].

"When Ken Dye started at the University of Notre Dame 16 years ago, I was hosting a regional band at Ambridge and I was looking for a guest conductor. I was hoping to get somebody new and refreshing. I went online and reached out. It just so happened that Ken Dye was in his first year and I asked him to come out. He said he'd never guest-conducted in Pennsylvania, and so he accepted the offer. We developed a relationship and that was it.

"We've brought different bands through, but Notre Dame is definitely high-profile. They're one of our prizes."

This is the perfect time of year for the band members to reach out, to spread the message of what it means to be associated with Notre Dame. As you might expect, their schedule in the fall is pretty busy.

"This is part of our annual outreach program," Mr. Dye said. "We like to share the music with all different communities. And in any of these communities we have alumni clubs, and so there are always Notre Dame alums who will follow us and attend.

"We try to hit different parts of the country, but our concentration is on places where prospective students and alumni are. Midwestern and Eastern states. …

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