NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University has named 1SG Douglas Thornton, Vermont Army National Guard (Ret.) from the 40th Army Band, and a juris doctor, who retired from his law practice in 2019, as the new Corps of Cadet’s Provisional Battalion assistant commandant and director of bands/specialty units.

Thornton served with the 40th Army Band, Vermont Army National Guard, on and off since 1982, rising through the ranks to become a senior NCO training troops as musicians and soldiers. He retired from the National Guard after more than 38 years of service in the 40th Army Band and 133rd Engineers (CBT)(HVY), Maine Army National Guard. Thornton also deployed with the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, Delaware Army National Guard in 2019.  He practiced law for 32 years.

“It is exciting but also humbling to lead a musical organization with such a long tradition and to step into the shoes of the extraordinary musicians who have led the Norwich University Band over the last 200 years,” said Thornton.

Norwich University’s Regimental Band is the oldest collegiate band in the country. Music at Norwich has been a significant part of the curriculum since the university’s founding in 1819. With the arrival of William W. Baylay, the first professor of instrumental music, in 1823, the Regimental Band became an all-brass band and an integral part of Norwich cadets’ daily life.

Today, the band is a full instrumentation band — woodwinds, brass, and percussion — and it continues to perform in support of the Corps of Cadets at all formations, reviews and special parades.

The Regimental Band has performed for the inauguration of several United States presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama as well as for parades and concerts throughout Vermont and New England.

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About Norwich University
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by U.S. Army  Capt. Alden Partridge and is the United States’ oldest private military college. Norwich is one of our nation's six Senior Military Colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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