Band to dedicate China tour to earthquake relief

Author: Arts and Letters


The University of Notre Dame Concert Band’s spring tour to China beginning Thursday (May 22) will raise money and awareness for survivors of last week’s devastating earthquake. The band will perform five concerts in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

“We’re musical ambassadors of Notre Dame, and I think it’s important for students, who get to experience so much, to be able to give back in some way,” said Kenneth Dye, director of Notre Dame Bands. “Music is a way to reflect in times of need and to communicate in a way that can’t be accomplished with words.”

The band, which collected some $1,500 in donations for earthquake relief during its Commencement Weekend concert Friday (May 16) on campus, also will perform in Japan following its tour of China and will return to campus June 1.

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Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on May 21, 2008.