The Marching Virginians have embarked on a fund raising campaign with the goal of building a dedicated practice facility for the band. For a look at what the MVs are setting out to do, and to find out how you can support the campaign, check out this YouTube video. It sounds — and looks — like a really exciting project, and we here at TSL wish them the best of luck getting this accomplished:
Here is a brief letter and contact info for John King, the Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences:
Virginia Tech prides itself on its constant growth and development. However, since the band’s creation in 1974, practices have been conducted in borrowed spaces – outdoor facilities with uneven, muddy fields, cars used as dressing rooms and for instrument storage, and long lines for portable toilets have always been the reality behind the image of this celebrated symbol of school spirit at Virginia Tech.
In 2006, director of the MVs, Dave McKee, was approached by the late Bill Skelton and challenged to pursue the creation of a dedicated practice facility for the Marching Virginians. McKee and members of the Marching Virginians Alumni Association have worked hard to get our message to the right people, and while there have been many obstacles to overcome, we have now reached a major milestone in the process.
Dean Sue Ott Rowlands of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences has identified this facility as a priority and Director of Development John King is working very hard to identify possible supporters. We know this facility will never be built without significant contributions from private donors, so we need alumni, families, and fans to come forward and work together to support this project.
We all KNOW the tradition of the Marching Virginians, but now it’s time to GROW this tradition!
If you’d like to become a part of the MV Building Project, please contact:
John King, Director of Development
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
260 Wallace Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061-8734