Chesterfield residents named member of Virginia Tech’s Marching Virginians

Nathan Malone, a senior from South Chesterfield majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, who plays the trombone, was selected to be a member of the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech.

Tyler Thrift, a sophomore from Ettrick, majoring in biological sciences in the College of Science, was selected to be a member of the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech as a manager.

Alex Calhoun, a sophomore from Chesterfield, majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, who plays the clarinet, was selected to be a member of the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech.

Mary Ramey, a freshman from Chester, Va. , majoring in mathematics in the College of Science, who plays the clarinet, was selected to be a member of the Marching Virginians at Virginia Tech.

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 2012-2013 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 will lead their sixteenth Hokies for the Hungry canned food drive at the Florida State game.

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