News From the Hill – Spring 2017

ALL THAT JAZZ * NU Band, Drill Team perform in our nation’s capital.

The Norwich University Regimental Band and Drill Team performed in the 58th Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Andrew Supplee ’18, an environmental science major from Orefield, Pa., plays the trombone in President Trump’s inauguration parade. (Photo by Rebecca Friend.)

Andrew Supplee ’18, an environmental science major from Orefield, Pa., plays the trombone in President Trump’s inauguration parade. (Photo by Rebecca Friend.)

Since 1961, the NU Band has marched in eight inauguration parades, a tradition which began in 1829 when Andrew Jackson took office.

In all, 60 Norwich students made the trip to our nation’s capital for the quadrennial spectacle, which follows the mile-and-a-half-long route along Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to the White House. Junior Andrew Supplee, pictured above playing the trombone, reported feeling “extremely fortunate to be able to represent Norwich University in a long-standing tradition of marching in the inaugural parade.”

Founded in 1820, the Norwich University Regimental Band is the oldest collegiate band in the country. Its motto is “Semper Zoobelis.”

Student marchers carry a Norwich University banner in front of the Band and Drill Team. (Photo by Rebecca Friend.)

Student marchers carry a Norwich University banner in front of the Band and Drill Team. (Photo by Rebecca Friend.)

The Regimental Drill Team, Shock Platoon, whose motto is “Fierce Pride,” was formed in 1937, and is a perennial powerhouse in U.S. college and university drill competitions. Both the drill team and the band have performed internationally in recent years under the direction of Col. Todd Edwards, VSM.

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