The fall 2021 semester’s sounds and sights are echoing across Norwich University’s campus. Clashing shoulder pads and tweeting coaches’ whistles have brought Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium to life.

Norwich will play its first-ever night football game its 2021 season opener. The 6 p.m. Sept. 3 game at Sabine Field is against Salve Regina University of Newport, Rhode Island.

Norwich’s football team went 5-5 in 2019, but didn’t play in 2020 because of coronavirus pandemic safety protocols. The 2021 schedule includes the Sept. 25 Homecoming game against Beverly, Massachusetts-based Endicott College at Sabine Field and the “Little-Army Navy Game” on Oct. 2 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Norwich’s fall athletics schedule starts Sept. 1, ushering in four competition-filled days.

Meanwhile, the Regimental Band has been practicing outside White Chapel. People crossing the Wise Campus Center quadrangle Monday afternoon could see Col. Todd Edwards, assistant commandant of Norwich’s Corps of Cadets and the Regimental Band’s director, conducting and hear John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever." On Wednesday morning, “Norwich Forever” floated over the air. (Forever’s a common theme, it seems.)

The band in 2020 was one of the last acts on Broadway before the famous New York City’s arts hub shut down to flatten the coronavirus infection curve. The band’s March 12 bicentennial concert in Carnegie Hall’s 599-seat underground Zankel Hall entertained a crowd of about 150 people, including the musicians’ parents and friends and university alumni.

regi band 2021 min(Photo by Matthew Crowley/Norwich University.)

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