How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
For the University of Notre Dame Band, the road goes through Cortland.
Billed as the Oldest Band in the Land, the University of Notre Dame Band will perform Friday at Lakeview High School on its way to a concert later this month at the prestigious New York venue.
Nathan Sensabaugh, director of bands at Lakeview, said this is Notre Dame's second local appearance. The band played at Lakeview in 2005.
''They must have had a positive experience because they wanted to come back again,'' Sensabaugh said.
Friday's concert is the first of four shows the band will play as it makes its way from South Bend, Ind., to New York City for its Carnegie Hall show, where the band will be joined by television host and Notre Dame booster Regis Philbin.
WHAT: University of Notre Dame Band and Lakeview Symphonic Band
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Lakeview High School Auditorium, 300 Hillman Drive, Cortland.
HOW MUCH: $5. Tickets are available at Daybreak Music in Cortland and by calling 330-637-2801. All proceeds benefit the Lakeview High School Band. Tickets also will be available at the door on Friday.
Sensabaugh, who is in his second year at Lakeview, wasn't there in 2005, he said but, ''From what I understand, it was really nice concert. Everyone is really excited about it.''
Lakeview will feed the band while it's here, and volunteers will provide housing for the musicians for one night.
The University of Notre Dame Band will play about a 75-minute concert featuring many of the selections it will play in New York. According to the band's Web site, the Carnegie Hall concert will feature works by Giacomo Puccini, Leonard Bernstein, Joseph Turrin and Benny Goodman as well as ''Notre Dame, Our Mother'' and the ''Notre Dame Victory March.''
Notre Dame Bands are under the direction of Ken Dye, who also is an internationally recognized composer and arranger. Assisting him at Notre Dame are Larry Dwyer, Samuel Sanchez, Emmett O'Leary, Matt Merten and Alison Thigpen.
The 63-member Lakeview Symphonic Band, directed by Sensabaugh, will get the opportunity to open the concert, performing Brian Balmages'''Reverberations'' and and excerpt from Wolfgang Mozart's ''Marriage of Figaro.''
''It's a nice thing for my students,'' Sensabaugh said. ''They get to see this almost legendary (band) and see that it's normal students in there who just worked hard.''