Nicknamed The Spirit of Tech, our 330 Marching Virginians truly exemplify what it means to be highly energetic, hard-working, musically talented, and most importantly extra.
Beautifully describing the impact of being extra, Ashlyn McDonald keeps it simple yet profound: “People radiate what you give off.”
Each Marching Virginian spends 90 minutes each day Monday through Friday to practice with the goal of showcasing an unforgettable performance for Hokie fans at football games. Accomplishing this is not an easy feat, so maintaining a positive and productive environment for all is paramount to our success.
“It’s crucial to put out that message…spirit and high energy…because it showcases who we actually are” – Alana Hassett
To create and sustain an energetic atmosphere, different sections have traditions and participate in unique activities to hype up members and keep them engaged.
Sam Snyder happily describes what she does for her rank when she says, “It is a planting pot and we’re growing carrots. Everyone has their own little dinosaur that’s beside the seeds they planted. The plan is to grow carrots and then we’re going to make carrot cupcakes or carrot cake at the end of the season. It’ll be a nice bonding activity.
She truly believes “If I don’t be extra, nobody else will be extra.”
Another section – VTubas – is also known for being extra…and wearing sundresses.
“Fast Line is when the tubas get out of the marching column heading to Lane Stadium on game day. Tubas squiggle around the parking lot running. We surround the porta potties quietly and on 3 we just start blasting as loud as we can” – Michael Deitch
We try to go above and beyond because it makes people laugh. We like exceeding expectations because we can. We act silly because it’s entertaining. We perform and do what we do because it makes us happy :)
Because we are extra, we want to ensure that everyone is having a great time. Our Marching Virginian family constantly supports each other. We’re all in this together!
When section members have class ending at 5:15pm, there’s always a Marching Virginian who can scoop you up (or if you’re feeling extra, you electric scooter or electric skateboard from across campus and all the way up the mountain that is Chicken Hill to get to practice).
“Energy will lead to an iconic performance. During long days of practice, having a positive attitude can help lift up those around you.” – Alexandra Bridgeland
When you want to do the Hokie Pokie and turn yourself around, there are hundreds who are more than willing to dance and flail along with you!
“It’s important for us to set that example…it’s more fun if we all look like we’re having a good time” – Daniel Agunias
Every single performer’s extra-ness contributes to the overall show and welfare of the ensemble. We input tons of energy and time to make our experience not only valuable, but fun!
From the efforts of our directors to drum majors to managers to coaches to senior staff to musicians to twirlers to spinners, every single contribution is appreciated and each impact recognized. Keep being extra.