NORTHFIELD, Vt. — The Norwich University Regimental Band, the nation’s oldest collegiate band, will celebrate its 200th anniversary by performing March 12, 2020, in Zankel Hall at New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

Tickets went on sale Monday, Dec. 16, and can be purchased one of three ways:

Discount pricing is available for active-duty military and first-responder personnel and for students. Visit for details. 

During the concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., the Regimental Band will perform light classical selections, traditional marches, jazz and patriotic medleys. The band will also debut two new compositions written especially for it by Michael Sweeney and Carly Golladay. 

Internationally recognized composer Michael Sweeney directs band publications for Hal Leonard LLC in Milwaukee, one of the world’s largest printed-music publishers. Hal Leonard LLC has published more than 500 of Sweeney’s compositions and arrangements since Sweeney joined the company in 1982.

Golladay is a composer, pianist, and music educator based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her compositions have been performed throughout the United States. Her string quartet composition Labyrinth (2009) was performed by the world-renowned Avalon String Quartet at the Musica Viva Festival in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The Norwich University Regimental Band, founded in 1820 with the first class of cadets, is America’s oldest collegiate band. The band carries on a long tradition of excellence musically, academically and militarily and is celebrating its bicentennial in 2020.

The band aims to encourage student-musicians to become stronger and more determined leaders by understanding that a structured military lifestyle combined with rigorous academics will benefit those pursuing careers in both the military and the private sector.

The band performs as both a traditional marching band during the fall and spring semesters and a concert band, performing formal concerts on and off campus. The Regimental Band’s traditional marching outfit includes military gray military tunic and white pants that stem from the original uniforms worn by cadets at Norwich University at its 1819 founding. Cadets holding advanced responsibility in the band wear appropriate rank on their tunic and a special white aiguillette designating them as an upperclassman in Band Company.

The Regimental Band performs at every formation of the University’s Corps of Cadets. They have performed in numerous regional parades such as St. Patrick’s Day parades in New York City and Boston, and annually in the Patriots’ Day parade in Lexington, Massachusetts. The band has performed in inaugural parades for Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Band cadets report earlier in the summer than the rest of the Corps of Cadets and stay through graduation ceremonies in May. Many of the commissioning members attend summer active duty military training in addition to their academic workload at school. Scholarly pursuits of the band members include 23+ disciplines to include engineering, psychology, history, architecture, criminal justice, biology, computer assurance and security and nursing.

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Daphne Larkin
Office of Communications
Norwich University
Northfield, Vt.
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