Midnight Drum Circle
One of the least known traditions of Notre Dame football weekends is the midnight drum circle. On Friday nights of home football weekends the Notre Dame drum line will circle up in front of the Golden Dome and perform for about 45 minutes. They’ll play their usual tunes and lead some cheers as well. They usually end their performance by playing the Victory March.
It’s mostly a crowd of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s students along with a few local high school students. You may have a few alumni, but for the most part it is mostly students. Since it is a youthful crowd it is a much more rowdy atmosphere than the pep rally.
The drum circle is aimed to get ND fans and students excited to cheer on the Irish It serves as the official kickoff to game day. The drum circle is something a diehard Notre Dame football fan should experience at least once.