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The Highty-Tighties: What It Takes

The Highty-Tighties perform during a football game in Lane Stadium.

The Highty-Tighties perform during a football game in Lane Stadium.

Highty-Tighties describe the regimental band as:

  • Disciplined
  • Confident
  • Committed
  • A family

Being a Highty-Tighty takes work, motivation and practice. 

But the rewards are great and include a true sense of camaraderie and tradition.

The Band Companies are two of 14 companies that make up the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Band cadets follow the same rank structure and meet the same training and standards as the rest of the cadet regiment.

Admission to Virginia Tech is highly competitive. Explore the Virginia Tech Admission Office for details.

To become a member of the regimental band, select “Corps (Regimental Band)” on your university application and choose “Yes” to the question about enrolling in the Corps of Cadets. There is no military service obligation connected with the Corps or the band, although many cadets do pursue commissions as military officers through Virginia Tech's ROTC programs.

We prefer three years of musical experience.