In his junior-level electronics lab, Prairie helps Artmiz Golkaramnay and Tim Clemens prepare their correctly configured amplifier for unveiling.

Classroom Fusion

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Professor Mike Prairie ’83, Engineering with a Musical Ear, by Jacque E. Day with photos by Mark Collier. The energy is buoyant in Mike Prairie’s Monday afternoon junior-level electronics lab. Grouped by twos—lab buddies—the students pursue their work at a friendly, kinetic... 

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The Mounted Band How do you play a sousaphone on horseback? If this question has never occurred to you, you’re not alone. But to the members of the Norwich University Regimental Band in this 1937 photo, to play on horseback was a privilege and unquestioned duty. Do you remember the Mounted Band? Send your recollections to

Let the Music Speak

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Norwich Story, in Music, by Diana L. Weggler and Jacque E. Day. Hans Christian Andersen famously wrote, “Where words fail, sounds can often speak,” and how right he was. Music transforms. It wields an influence far greater than spoken language. The story of Norwich University’s... 

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William Carter ’52 (far right) has performed across the globe as part of the International Alphorn Society. The ensemble leader is Ted Schlosberg (second from right), who recorded the now-famous alphorn track for the Ricola commercial series. In July 2013, the group gave a performance welcoming the world’s first solar-powered airplane, the Swiss Solar Impulse, at JFK International Airport. At Norwich Carter played the tuba, making him a lifelong Zoobie tubist. (Courtesy of William Carter ’52.)


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

How Music Transformed Me, by Norwich Alumni. According to Norwich lore, the Regimental Band earned its legendary moniker in the 1920s. It was, after all, the Jazz Age, when musicians ruled and parties didn’t end, just merely changed shifts. Completing the image: Bars covered the... 

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The Travelers

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Travelers were a 1960s-era folk-singing group of Norwich students, drawing strong influence from the Kingston Trio, Brothers Four, and the Limeliters. At the encouragement of then-NU musical director Captain Jon Borowicz, the Travelers formed in 1961 with founding members Leigh... 

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Testing His Mettle


CGCS Student Receives Medal of Honor. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite.) President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward C. Byers Jr. ’16 during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on February 29, 2016. Byers was cited... Read More


Todd Edwards

Over 25 years in the Air Force, Todd Edwards served in the U.S. and abroad, finishing out his career at Wright-Patt near Dayton, where he got his start. His wife, Karen, completed a bachelor’s degree at Norwich in 2014. The couple has four daughters. (Mark Collier photo.)

Music Lessons. From the basement of White Chapel emerges a lilting melody. The Norwich University Regimental Band plays in cantabile, a smooth, singing style mirroring the fluid three-four rhythm of director Todd Edwards’ baton. He springs into a lively march. The band follows suit, but it is a rough transition, and the music drags slightly. […]


Final Inning: Charles F. Crosby ’63 (1941–2016)


It was easy to see what, and whom, Charlie Crosby ’63 loved: his wife, Carole, his family, and Norwich, especially the students. Charlie passed away this past spring after a 15-year battle with leukemia. He wore many Norwich hats during his lifetime, from cadet to sports information director. But we’ll remember him most for the […]


From the Archives: 128 Years Ago

This photo, taken by Montpelier, Vt.,-based photographer Alonzo Harlow, depicts the Norwich University band in front of the original Jackman Hall in 1888. (Courtesy of NU Archives.)

This photo, taken by Montpelier, Vt.,-based photographer Alonzo Harlow, depicts the Norwich University band in front of the original Jackman Hall in 1888. (Courtesy of NU Archives.)


IN THEIR OWN WORDS – Summer 2016

At 18, Rudolph Beinstein ’62 (Rudy Treml today) performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Piano in G Minor as a soloist accompanied by the Norwich Regimental Band. He would go on to become one of the first scientists on Earth to handle Moon rocks brought back from space. See “Spinning the Record,” page 2 in the print edition. (War Whoop photo.)

“I haven’t played it since 1959. That’s a lot of years. But I can remember it. I can hear it. I can feel the emotion in it. I can close my eyes and see it all over again.” – Rudy Treml ’62 on performing Mendelssohn at Norwich RUDY TREML ’62* When my father came over […]

Cadet sophomore Lauren Lohmiller playing the flute during band practice

Cadet sophomore Lauren Lohmiller of Valatie, N.Y., plays the flute during band rehersal in the basement of White Chapel last February. The band was practicing the Fantasy on American Sailing Songs by Clare Grundman. Band Director, Lt. Col. Todd Edwards, VSM, conducts.