Being a Highty-Tighty is not limited to the four years that you are a student at Virginia Tech. You are a Highty-Tighty for life through the strong bonds with your fellow Highty-Tighties.
But the experience goes far beyond that. Long after graduation, many Highty-Tighty alumni say the regimental band is the most influencial organization in their lives and recount how what they learned in the band contributed significantly to their successes later.
Founded in 1975, the Highty-Tighty Alumni Inc. has supported the regimental band in several important ways. Alumni have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars toward the Highty-Tighty stipend of $1,000 given to each entering freshman and to Emerging Leader Scholarships whiceceived by many band members over the years. Alumni provide other scholarships to outstanding members of the band, as well.
Alumni also mentor the freshmen each year. When you join the band, you will be assigned an alumnus mentor who will keep in touch with you at least once a semester, providing encouragement and advice as you navigate the challenges of college life. They can share what being a Highty-Tighty has meant to them and help you feel like a part of the larger Highty-Tighty family right from the start.
The alumni organization is charged with seeing that the long-standing tradition of excellence are maintained by the current band.
Each year, more than 100 Highty-Tighty alumni take time to return to campus for homecoming. Many form the Highty-Tighty Alumni Band that participates in the homecoming parade and at the pre-game show in Lane Stadium. Friendship are renewed, and there is fun and fellowship at an alumni party called "Gunny Fest." An annual banquet and general meeting is held by the Highty-Tighty Alumni Inc. and the present band members during the homecoming weekend.
The Highty-Tighty alumni are living proof of what the regimental band means to those who were cadets as far back as 60 years ago. Their generosity in supporting the Highty-Tighties is a true testament to what being a member of this outstanding organization means to those who have experienced it for many decades. Our purpose is to see that the experience is available to many generations yet to come.