BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 20, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will be represented at the Virginia Tech versus Duke football game on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Durham, N.C., by the regimental band, the Highty-Tighties.
For only the second time in the last 15 years, the Highty-Tighties will be traveling to an away game in support of the football team.
“The cadets in the band are all very excited about travelling to Duke. We look forward to any chance to support our football team, to get the Highty-Tighty name out there and to represent the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets well. The band was disappointed when a scheduling conflict made us unable to go to an away game last year, and we’re happy for the chance to go back to Duke and show them what the Highty-Tighties are all about,” stated Cadet 1st Lt. Marc Easton of Chesapeake, Va., a senior majoring in aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering who is a recipient of the Catherine H. and Stuart Johnson '41 Emerging Leader Scholarship and is a member of the Civilian Leader Track program. Easton is serving as the Performance Officer for the band this semester.
The Highty-Tighties formed in 1893 and is today the oldest collegiate band in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They are a field band and provide military music for all cadet activities as well as perform at numerous events on campus, in the local community, and around the nation. The Highty-Tighties have three ensemble groups, the Southern Colonels, the jazz ensemble; En Corps, a string quartet; and a brass quintet.
The band performs in many parades each year such as the University Homecoming Parade, which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22; the Veterans Day Parade in Roanoke, Va., which they will march in on Saturday, Nov. 5; and the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, N.Y, which they will be marching in on Saturday, March 17.
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has produced military, public, and corporate leaders since the university was founded in 1872. It is one of just two military corps within a large public university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity, and self-discipline. In return, cadets achieve high academic success and a long-lasting camaraderie with fellow members. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.