Notre Dame salutes Armed Forces

Pontiac Notre Dame’s band and choir were in Hawaii this week for special Pearl Harbor salute.

More than 70 members of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep’s band and choir programs are heading home now from their trip to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where they participated in a special music festival celebrating the bravery of America’s men and women in the United States Armed Forces.

The group was part of the “Salute to Valor Music Festival,” held July 4 on the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor. The event helped commemorate the 75th anniversary of the World War II attack on Pearl Harbor.

The contingent from Notre Dame joined performers from ensembles around the country to form the Festival Chorus and Band and honor Independence Day with America’s favorite patriotic music. After the music festival, concertgoers and participants toured the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

In April, the band’s spring concert included "December 7, 1941, A Day Which Will Live In Infamy," a musical portrayal of the events surrounding the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The dramatic portrayal, written by James Ployhar, includes President Franklin D. Roosevelt's announcement to the country of the fateful bombing.

The choir’s May concert featured a special medley called “Salute to the Armed Forces and the Battle Hymn of the Republic."

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Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." The Marist Fathers and Brothers sponsor NDPMA's Catholic identity and manages its educational program. Notre Dame is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at