The Virginia Tech Regimental Band
The Highty-Tighties, the Corps of Cadets' regimental band, are Virginia Tech's longest-serving musical organization and the oldest collegiate band in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In 1893, a cadet band company was formed as a permanent part of the cadet regiment. For almost 120 years, we have been known primarily as a field band with an unparalleled string of victories, including 129 first-place trophies in 130 competitive parades.
Today, the Highty-Tighties perform at all home football games, the Pep Band attends home women’s basketball games, and the band frequently is invited to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Cherry Blossom Festival, Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and Mardi Gras. We also have a concert component and a fun jazz ensemble known as the Southern Colonels.
We are Virginia Tech's regimental band and so much more!
The band is known for its winning record in competitive parades, and each year its senior leaders try to include at least one major parade on the band's calendar.
In recent years, the Highty-Tighties have participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City; the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Savannah, Georgia; the Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans; and the 2010 Virginia Governor's Inaugural Parade. In addition, the band performs for local Veterans Day events, Christmas parades, and other events as time permits.
The Highty-Tighties conduct the majority of the pre-game shows for Virginia Tech's home football games in Lane Stadium, march at least one halftime show, and share in the halftime show at the Homecoming Game.
As a regimental band, we provide the musical component for all formal military parades that the Corps of Cadets conducts. Most of these events fall on Saturdays, and we would be happy to have you visit with us at Virginia Tech and attend one of the military parades as you explore the university.