Want to know what it’s like to direct 330 strong every day? Get the inside scoop with Dr. Polly Middleton, director of The Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech!
The Marching Virginians is an ensemble comprised of 330 Strong: a diverse group of multi-talented student performers who find time to showcase their passion for music in front of thousands at football games, parades, and community events. Comprised of students from all majors, all marching instruments, and all years from across the United States, The Spirit of Tech highlights how diversity strengthens community, fosters an environment of friendship and inclusiveness, and creates for long-lasting memories.
Summer can look completely different to different people. It may mean taking summer classes, working in a job or internship, or going on vacation with family and friends. However you are spending your summer, Callie suggests that you are practicing for band camp! Enjoy this piece with some helpful tips for practicing over summer vacation.
For those in the Marching Virginians Color Guard that wish to continue spinning after band season, Valiant Indoor Guard is the place to go. After an extremely successful competition season, Valiant hosted their first ever Spin Clinic. The event was a success, thanks to all of the high school students and Marching Virginians in attendance.
“Hokie Village” is located on Beamer Way a little past Cassell Coliseum—just follow the sound of loud music and cheering fans. When you walk up the stairs and through the gates, you’ll find a bustling atmosphere with music, tailgating games, and concessions, as well as appearances by student athletes, cheerleaders, the Hokie Bird himself, and of course, your Marching Virginians. Learn more about how to see the MVs up close and personal on Game Days at Hokie Village
On Wednesday of this week, high school seniors all across the country committed to attending Virginia Tech. Many of those students are probably already thinking about auditioning to be a Marching Virginian, and we are so excited to meet them! Closing off our “So You Want to be a Marching Virginian?” series is a post directed at those interested in color guard. Read to find out a little more about band camp and the audition process!
On Friday April 12th, 10 candidates from the MVs auditioned in front of a live band for the coveted spot of drum major. Late that night, Nick Ramy got the phone call telling him he had earned the pleasure of being The Marching Virginian’s 50th drum major! In this post, Erin Slezak interviews Nick about the upcoming season.
While most people find their “band family” during their freshman year band camp, Kelly Guthrie was born into hers. With two MV parents, Kelly always knew she wanted to join the MVs. However, when she got to Virginia Tech, not everything went as planned… Read her story in the latest addition to the series “The Experience.”
The Hokies have advanced to the sweet 16 and are gearing up to face Duke. So where do the Marching Virginians fit into this? Many MVs join The Hokie Pep Band that plays at basketball games. Eric Chang, Marching Virginians drum major and member of The Hokie Pep Band, sits down with Chad Reep, assistant director of the Marching Virginians and director of Pep Band, in order to take a closer look at how the MVs contribute to Hokie Basketball.
Even though The Marching Virginians are a fairly young organization, our ability to pull together and work toward a common goal is one of our greatest strengths. With VT Giving Day starting at noon on Tuesday 3/19, can the MV Alumni join forces and raise enough funds for the MVs to rise to the top?
The Big Event brings together thousands of Virginia Tech students to complete 1,200 service projects around the Blacksburg community and New River Valley. Read about the Marching Virginians role in the 2018 Big Event as we gear up for The Big Event 2019.
Once the football season ends, most MVs have a nice long break from the “marching” aspect of performing in an ensemble, but members of the MV color guard have the opportunity to keep marching and spinning throughout the winter as members of ValianT — Virginia Tech’s own indoor color guard. Read to learn more about ValianT at Virginia Tech!