Arts News

The Leader of the Band

David McKee expresses his signature enthusiasm at the grand opening of the new practice facility for The Marching Virginians.
In 1986, a slight underestimation was made about graduate assistant Dave McKee’s future at Virginia Tech. “They said, ‘Take the band and run it for a year,’” said McKee, in March. “And I said, ‘Sure.’ And one year turned into 32.” More than three decades later, in June, McKee is set to retire ...
Polly Middleton stands in Lane Stadium, home to both Hokie football and The Marching Virginians.
After years of experience with marching bands, Polly Middleton is well-versed in homecomings. And now she’ll have a homecoming of her own as she rejoins The Marching Virginians. For five years, Middleton was the associate director of athletic bands at Virginia Tech, where she also served as assis...
Eric Lyon
Imagine sitting in a darkened room, watching a group of musicians strike their marimbas. And although light illuminates the stationary performers, it seems as though their music is traveling up the sides of the walls and onto to the ceiling, only to crash down upon you. Your reflex is to duck. Hu...
Ivica Ico Bukvic, seated, gathers with members of an earlier iteration of the Linux Laptop Orchestra.
Zip. Whoosh. Zip. Zip. These are the sounds of a needle moving in a vinyl record’s groove while someone moves a turntable back and forth. With a closer listen, the sounds transform into a melodic, rhythmic moment — or an evolving musical instrument. Record scratching — along with Virginia Tech’s ...
A choral performance at the Moss Arts Center by the School of Performing Arts
The New River Valley Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Tech Combined Choirs, Blacksburg Master Chorale, and Blacksburg Children’s Chorale will culminate the 2018 spring semester in a show of musical force with a fully orchestrated performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” presented by th...
Rendering of the first act of “The Importance of Being Earnest”
The School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech presents Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People” as the final Mainstage Theatre performance of the 2017–18 season. Performances run April 18–21 at the Moss Arts Center. This iconic farce follows two friend...
Chris Thomas
With a little love and maintenance, a trumpet can shine, and its sound — intensely bright and occasionally darker — also deepens with attention and care. Allen Bachelder gave to his trumpet students similar care to help them excel in Virginia Tech’s School for the Performing Arts. And because of...
Shakespeare’s Garden
The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts presented a theatrical installation, “Shakespeare’s Garden: An Immersive Sound Stroll Through His Sonnets, Soliloquies, and Scenes,” on March 22–24. The installation used the spatial audio capabilities of the Cube, a high-tech performance space in the M...
Cast members Catherine McMullan (left) and Mary Pat Gilliam, both theatre arts majors, record sonnets for “Shakespeare’s Garden.”
The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts will present a theatrical installation, “Shakespeare’s Garden: An Immersive Sound Stroll Through His Sonnets, Soliloquies, and Scenes,” on March 22–24 at the Moss Arts Center. The installation, which uses the spatial audio capabilities of the Cube, ...
Virginia Tech Wind Ensemble
Members of Virginia Tech’s Wind Ensemble will have the honor of performing at the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Southern Division Conference on February 23. “This prestigious conference is easily the most important performance we have ever given,” said Jonathan Caldwell, con...