lead the Lane
the Hokie Pokey.
Established in 2001, when the football team arrives on
campus about 2.5 hours before kickoff, the Hokies take
the short walk up Beamer Way sandwiched
on either side by the Tech faithful.
In 1963, three Virginia Tech students and
Corps of Cadets members built a cannon
and it made its debut against VMI in the two
schools’ annual Thanksgiving Day game. The
students named the cannon “Skipper” after
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated
on November 22, 1963. Ever since, Skipper
fires outside of Lane Stadium at the opening
of Hokie Village, after the national anthem
and whenever the Hokies score.
A Regimental Band,
the Highty Tighties are
and the oldest
college band in the
Commonwealth and is
a company in the third
battalion of the Virginia
Known as “The Spirit of Tech”
and established in 1974, the
Marching Virginians draw from
the general student body and
perform at halftime of every
home football game.