The Furman game was a ton of fun for the Marching Virginians! The day began with an early morning practice to ensure that the game day went smoothly. After practice, the MVs led the March to Victory, a pre-game tradition that entails a parade from the Marching Virginians Center to Lane Stadium. With countless high-fives, game-day chants and endless spirit, this March to Victory is the perfect way to set the tone for a football game.
The Marching Virginians halftime performance was a collaboration between The Marching Virginians and The Highty-Tighties in celebration of Military Appreciation Day. The Highty-Tighties is the oldest marching group in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is made up of members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Every year, the combined marching bands at Virginia Tech pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country around the world. Opening with “Good Bless the USA,” followed by the “Armed Forces Medley,” our national march, “Stars and Stripes,” while making the shape of the United States on the field, and ending with every Hokie’s favorite song: ”Tech Triumph,” halftime was a huge success. The show specifically honors attendees who are currently serving or are veterans of the military by asking them to stand to be recognized by the audience. The Marching Virginians hope that this tribute pays the respect that our armed forces deserve.
After halftime, a small group of MVs took to the stands to play as a “roaming pep band.” This helps spread the hokie spirit throughout the stands and concession areas. The MVs love surprising the fans with a quick tune!
The game ended with a Hokie WIN! The football team ran over to sing Tech Triumph with the band in one of the MVs’ favorite football traditions. As always, the Marching Virginians played until all the fans had left the stands to make sure that everyone had a spirited return home. Finally the band marched back to the Marching Virginians Center to return home after a very successful game day.