Several Southwest County residents have been selected as members of The Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech this season.
Commonly known as The Spirit of Tech, The Marching Virginians celebrate their 39th season with entertaining performances and lively music to support the Hokies during the 2012-13 football season. Under the direction of David McKee and Polly Middleton, the band will feature great American music throughout the season, in addition to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beach Boys.
Founded in 1974, The Marching Virginians have performed for hundreds of football games and parades. The band has also received numerous compliments for outstanding performances at Virginia Tech’s recent bowl games including the 2012 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Ga. and the 2008, 2009 and 2011 Orange Bowls in south Florida.
This group volunteers their time and energy toward service projects both locally and nationally. The band has led the demolition parade for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, performed at Craig County and Narrows High Schools, and performed during a fundraiser at Dick’s Sporting Goods to help a local elementary school raise money for a new playground. This year, the band led their 16th Hokies for the Hungry canned food drive at the Florida State game.
Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech attracts students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The university’s eight colleges achieve quality, innovation, and results through teaching, research, and outreach in Blacksburg and at other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Richmond, Southern Virginia, Hampton Roads, and Roanoke.
Southwest Roanoke County members selected include:
- Cathy Bethel, a sophomore majoring in wildlife science in the College of Natural Resources, plays the horn.
- Sara Clark, a sophomore majoring in human nutrition, foods and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, plays the clarinet.
- Morgan Ehresman, a freshman majoring in theatre arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, is a member of the flag corps.
- Elliot George, a junior majoring in music in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, plays the tenor sax. George also holds a leadership position as a rank captain.
- Sarah Iler, a sophomore double majoring in history and French in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, plays the piccolo.
- Chris Millehan, a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering, plays the tenor sax.
- Nicholas Socky, a junior majoring in music in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, plays the tuba. Socky also holds a leadership position as a rank captain.
- Sierra Steffen, a junior majoring in meteorology in the College of Natural Resources, plays the horn.
- Thomas Witten, a junior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering, plays the trombone.
– Submitted by Virginia Tech