Notre Dame Victory March debut

Written and published by brothers Michael and John Shea, the Notre Dame Victory March was performed for the first time in 1908, on the organ of the Second Congregational Church in Holyoke, Mass. Today, it is arguably the most recognizable fight song in college athletics. This audio clip from 1928 is one of the earliest known recordings of the Notre Dame Victory March.


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The sheet music for the Notre Dame Victory March


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Rev. Michael J. Shea ’04, ’05 composed the music.


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John F. Shea ’06, ‘08 wrote the lyrics to the Notre Dame Victory March.


004: Notre Dame Band at South Dakota game

Notre Dame Band at South Dakota game, 1915


004: Notre Dame Band

The Band of the Fighting Irish in the 1906 Dome yearbook.