The Marching Virginians

The Marching Virginians

The Marching Virginians perform at the 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl
School Virginia Tech
Location Blacksburg, VA
Conference ACC
Founded 1974
Director Dave McKee
Assistant director Dana Biggs
Members 330+

The Marching Virginians are one of two collegiate marching bands at Virginia Tech (the other being the Highty Tighties, the regimental band of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets). Because the Marching Virginians draw from the general student body, they are considerably larger than the Highty Tighties and have about 330 members. Despite offering no scholarships to band members, The Marching Virginians consist of students from every college and virtually every major within the university, as well as several graduate students.[1]


Known as "The Spirit of Tech" and established in 1974, the band performs at Virginia Tech football games, fundraisers, and charity events.[2] The Marching Virginians also hold their own yearly charity event, Hokies for the Hungry, during which canned food is collected by band members prior to a Virginia Tech home football game to benefit the Montgomery County Christmas Store. The Marching Virginians are the creators of Virginia Tech's 'Stick It In' cheer, though the MVs were recently (Fall 2007) banned from performing this cheer by the Virginia Tech Athletics Department.[3]

Large venue performances

The Marching Virginians have performed at the Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Independence Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Gator Bowl, Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, and the 2004 BCA Classic, among many other venues. They were also recently featured on the Blacksburg edition of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, as well as a 2007 ESPN Magazine article written by executive editor Steve Wulf.

Current info

The Marching Virginians are currently under the leadership of director Dave McKee and assistant director Dana Biggs.[4] A majority of the music is arranged by Dr. James Sochinski, and the halftime performances are narrated by Mike Sparrer, "The Voice of the Marching Virginians."

The Marching Virginians are assisted by the Eta Beta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Zeta Omicron Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.


The Marching Virginians perform at Lane Stadium before the Hokies' 2007 opener against the East Carolina Pirates

The Marching Virginians, since their establishment in 1974, have developed a multitude of traditions and rituals:

Drum major prepares to conduct The Marching Virginians prior to the 2010 ACC Championship Game.


The MVs play the following pieces in the stands on a regular basis, as well as many other favorites.

And of course: The Hokey Pokey, known as "Hokie Pokie" in Blacksburg.


The Marching Virginians make the outline of the Commonwealth of Virginia prior to the 2010 ACC Championship Game.

The MVs currently feature the following instruments

In addition to these instruments, the MVs also feature baton twirlers, managers, and drum majors.

Directors of the Marching Virginians

Assistant Directors of the Marching Virginians

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  1. Steve Wulf. "330 Strong" (PDF). Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  2. "The Marching Virginians - The Spirit of Tech". Virginia Tech. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  3. Steve Wulf. "330 Strong" (PDF). Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  4. Jane Harrison (September 14, 2009). "Letter: Taking pride in Marching Virginians". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  5. Wynn, Emily (December 3, 2013). "Marching Virginians move forward on new practice facility". Collegiate Times. Retrieved Jun 27, 2014.
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