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Oct. 14, 2023

October 14, 2023

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Reunion Commemorates First Trip in 1973
All TMB Alums Invited

It’s a golden and silver anniversary all rolled into one. And all Trojan Marching Band alums are invited.

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the Trojan Marching Band’s historic first trip to Notre Dame stadium in 1973. The Oct. 14 game also marks the 25th time the Spirit of Troy has made the journey.

To commemorate these milestone events, the Trojan Marching Band Alumni Association is organizing a weekend reunion in Chicago from Oct. 12-14 for all TMB alums who have made that trip, and recognizing those alums who made that first visit.

We’ve got an exciting weekend planned, starting with a reception for all TMB alums on Thursday and a dinner for that inaugural class, the Navy Pier rally on Friday and round-trip transportation from Chicago to South Bend for the game on Saturday.

Here’s the full itinerary. See bottom of this page for the condensed version.

Thursday, Oct. 12:

  • 6 – 7:30 p.m.: Welcome reception with cash bar for all alums in the Tip Top Tap Room in the Warwick Allerton Hotel (701 Michigan Ave. with the entrance on Huron.) Take the elevators to the top of the hotel. Event includes complimentary appetizers provided by the TMBAA and a 6:30 program with Dr. Vogel and Dr. Bartner. All members of the 1973 band will be asked to come to the stage at the end of the program for a group photo. Please be near the stage when the program starts. 


  • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.: Special 1973 Band dinner in the Huron room. Move to the Huron Room for a dinner sponsored by the USC Advancement Department. The room is on the same floor as the reception. We’ll have about 15 minutes of additional picture taking then select our meal from the “Chicago Buffet.” This is a very casual dinner with only a brief program from University Advancement and with Dr. Bartner visiting each table plus more picture taking and sharing the microphone. Attire is casual Cardinal and Gold. Following the dinner, the hotel has arranged a special section in the lobby bar where the storytelling can continue with a 20 percent discount off drinks for hotel guests. 


Friday, Oct. 13:

  • Noon: Navy Pier rally. Free time until we gather independently at the pep rally on the Navy Pier. The pier is a 21-minute walk from the Warwick Allerton; you can also Uber. The rally starts at noon, but try to arrive by 11:45 a.m. After the rally, check Yelp for nearby lunch options. The rest of the day is free time to explore Chicago.

Saturday, Oct. 14: Beat the Irish Day!

  • 8 a.m.: Bus checkin for those who have paid for tickets on the TMBAA ND 50th Game Day Experience Buses. Boarding at 8:45 am. Your ticket includes a selection of a Panera “Boxed Breakfast” with coffee and juice provided in the 2nd floor lobby of the Warwick Allerton. (Note: This is not the auto lobby on the first floor, but is on the second floor.) Snacks and water will also be provided on the buses. If you want something stronger, BYOB. There are two buses. The Gold Bus for members of the 1973 band and the Cardinal Bus for alums who have kept this tradition alive over the last 50 years. At check in, your bus captain will ask for a mobile number in case you are missing when it’s departure time from Notre Dame or Chicago.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Arrival with a police escort and the TMB onto the Notre Dame Campus (Ricci Field). We suggest marking this location on Google maps in case you get lost on your visit. Watch the TMB rehearse or wander the campus.
  • 4 p.m.: KFC late lunch with the TMB at Ricci Field. There are other options at your own cost on campus if you get hungry before then. The TMB will step off for the stadium at 6 p.m. The band doesn’t perform at the pregame so we will all head to our seats.
  • 7:30 p.m.: Kickoff. Beat the Irishi!
  • 11:45 p.m.: Depart for Chicago.  Return to the buses with the band; pick up your boxed dinner and board the buses for the return to the Warwick Allerton. Wine or water will be served on board. 

Sunday, Oct. 15:

  • With the time change between South Bend and Chicago, we are scheduled to arrive back at the Warwick Allerton Hotel at approximately 12:45 a.m. CDT. (Note: The lobby bar will be closed as will “most” other adult beverage emporiums in the windy city.) 

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Important Dates and Times

October 12:

6-7:30 p.m. All-TMB reception
Warwick Allerton, 701 Michigan Ave.

Tip Top Tap Room

Complimentary appetizers provided by TMBAA

October 12:

7:30  p.m. 1973 Band Alum Dinner (Invitation Only)
Warwick Allerton, Huron Room

October 13:

Noon. Navy Pier Rally
Navy Pier

October 14:

Bus Check-in, Warwick Allerton
8 a.m. Check in; 8:45 departure Warwick Allerton, 9 a.m.

Box breakfast with coffee and juice in second floor lobby of hotel

October 14:

12:30 p.m. Arrival at Notre Dame. Rehearsal with the Band; free time
4 p.m. KFC lunch with TMB at Ricci Field

7:30 p.m. Kickoff. Beat the Irish!


October 14:

11:45 p.m. Depart for Chicago
Board bus; box dinner, water and wine on board

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