Meet The Bloggers!

Callie Ayala


Callie is a sophomore at Tech studying psychology and sociology as a double major with a creative writing minor. Throughout her first year with the Marching Virginians, she was repeatedly surprised at the hard work and dedication all band members exhibited in both practice and at the games. She is extremely excited and motivated to continue her work with the band the best she can, especially as a blogger. When Callie is not practicing her instrument, she is the treasurer for Tau Beta Sigma, editing at the Collegiate Times, drawing or writing in her room, or out with her friends around Blacksburg. Callie is forever thankful for the band continuously providing opportunities for her to explore her passions, such as in music and in writing, and cannot wait to share her experiences!

Alexandra bridgeland


Alexandra is a junior from Sterling, Virginia and is majoring in systems biology.  This is her third year as a member of the Marching Virginians' Flag Corps.  She is also a member of Tau Beta Sigma, the honorary band sorority that works to provide service to the bands at Virginia Tech, and Valiant Indoor Guard.  In her spare time, she likes to read, watch "The Bachelor", craft, and play her ukulele.  Alexandra loves Virginia Tech and the Marching Virginians; she hopes to share this enthusiasm in her upcoming articles!

Ashley Deans


Ashley is a senior studying marketing with minors in psychology and international business. She has been a member of The Marching Virginians’ Flag Corps since her freshman year at VT and loved every moment! In addition, she is the Public Relations Officer for the MVs, working to create the public image of the band. When she isn’t at band practice, you can find her hanging out with friends, working at the Communications Lab on campus, spinning with Valiant Indoor Guard at Virginia Tech, studying, or exploring the lovely town of Blacksburg. “Marching with the Virginians” is incredibly special to Ashley, and it is her pleasure to manage, edit, and write for the blog.

Alana Hassett


Alana is a senior from Vienna, Virginia, majoring in professional writing and creative writing. She is passionate about writing, especially for kids, and hopes to work in publishing or technical writing after graduation. She currently serves as the Online Content Officer of The Marching Virginians, running all of the band’s social media and collecting content to represent the band. She loves movies, her golden retriever, Riley, chocolate-peanut butter milkshakes, and playing cymbals for The Marching Virginians.

Ashlyn mcdonald


Ashlyn is a senior from Fairfax, Virginia studying Computer Science and Math with minors in Cybersecurity and Music. She is one of the Drum Majors for the MVs and plays clarinet in basketball and volleyball pep bands and Symphony Band. When not in band, she loves volunteering with Appalachia Service Project, running marathons, and dancing every chance she gets! Ashlyn found her home in The Marching Virginians, and she is beyond excited to share the experiences of 330+ of the best people on campus. 

Julia pimentel


Julia is a sophomore studying materials science and engineering, with an intent to pursue minors in business leadership and green engineering. A color guard spinner for the past 5 years, she is excited to serve the Marching Virginians as a Flag Corps Co-Captain in the fall of 2019. She loves beatboxing, electric skateboarding, laser engraving water bottles, playing the clarinet, bari sax, cornet, and ukulele, and performing research! An Office of Undergraduate Research Ambassador, she aims to connect students of all majors with the resources to pursue research. Her personal motto is: Always aspire to exceed expectations! With regards to marching band and color guard, she hopes to empower all spinners and marchers, meet many new friends, and make this upcoming season the best one yet!

Alex Springer


Alex is in her fourth year at Tech, majoring in multimedia journalism with a minor in mathematics. She is proud to be serving as the Public Relations Officer for the MVs for a second season. She loves writing our pressbooks and is excited to contribute to Marching with the Virginians. This past season, Alex played on the cymbal line and loves her drumline family! The previous two years, she worked behind-the-scenes as a manager. In her free time, Alex enjoys sports, photography, reading and cooking. She is also a member of Tau Beta Sigma. The first outfit Alex ever wore was decked out in orange and maroon. With members from all corners of her family as Tech alumni, Virginia Tech has always been home. Her favorite memory as an MV is when ESPN captured a video of her screaming her head off at Bristol Motor Speedway with her best friends.