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Highty-Tighty Instrument and Parade Update

In the summer Corps Review, we asked for gently used instruments for the current band members, and we received quite a number. Senior Chief James Bean and the Highty-Tighties (HT) thank all those alumni and friends who made contributions toward or donated an instrument. We greatly appreciate your support!

Also, for those of you in the D.C. area, the HTs will be marching in the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Parade on April 8. We hope to see as many alumni there as possible.

Class Champion Status: Getting Closer to Completion

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC) alumni Class Champion Program is close to complete with volunteers assisting us in communicating with their Corps classmates. This network of Corps classes allows us to pass information to our alumni about activities going on at Virginia Tech and with the Corps. If you are a Corps alumnus and have not been contacted through this network, please send an email to the alumni director, Col. Patience Larkin. We have volunteer Class Champions for all Corps class years from 1960 through 2016, except for three classes: ’80, ’95, and ’03. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer. If you can send an email, you can do it! 

Hokie Gold Legacy Program

The Hokie Gold Legacy Program was initiated by class members from VTCC’s 1964 M Company, with support from the Alumni Association. Alumni or families of alumni can bequeath or donate their class rings, which are either melted down to create Hokie Gold to be included in the class rings of the next junior class or retained for future display. To continue the program in perpetuity, a small amount of Hokie Gold will be reserved from each year’s melt to be included in the following year’s Hokie Gold melting for the next class. West Point and the Naval Academy also have similar programs.

The inaugural Hokie Gold Legacy ring melt occurred May 2012, when rings collected before December 2011 were included in the melt at the VT- FIRE foundry on the Virginia Tech campus. Representatives from the classes of 1964 and 2014 were present at the melt, and the resulting metal was given to the class ring company for refining and inclusion in the Class of 2014 rings.

Hokie Gold Legacy Program questions can be directed to Laura Wedin at 540-231-6285. You can learn about how to donate a ring, tax deductions, and shipping instructions at

Corps Review’s Summer Edition

We are trying something new next summer and will produce a digital version of the Corps Review magazine. This allows us new flexibility to provide more updates, alumni announcements, and deployment pictures, keeping you better informed about what’s going on with your Corps buds and helping us reduce printing and production costs. Stay tuned for additional information and ways you can provide us feedback on this trial delivery method.

Remember to Update Us

As you move or change duty stations throughout your career, we want to make sure you continue to get the Corps Review and other updated Virginia Tech and Corps of Cadets information. You can help us by updating your mailing and email addresses, phone numbers, and name changes by either going to or sending an email to If you have any questions, please contact the Corps alumni office at

A flag from 1931

A flag from 1931.

Museum Muster

By Samantha Riggin VT ’16, VTCC museum curator

My work cataloging the VTCC collection of artifacts, manuscripts, and books allows me insight into the Corps that few have been afforded. The stories, pictures, and uniforms are all concrete examples of long-lost days spent on drill fields and in bunkers and dance halls. 

However, the collection is not complete, as no museum collection ever really is. This is a living space that must grow to fulfill the mission of the museum and to continue representing the history of the Corps for our cadets, alumni, university, and the world. Our history is rich. It features heroes and hardships; it is not always pleasant, but we learn and grow from our past.

As Corps alumni or family/friends of alumni, please consider donating your historical items directly to our museum.  We need your memories to help tell the story of the Corps and to provide a well-rounded history for all to appreciate and learn from.

If you have one item or many that you believe belong as part of our historical story, please contact me directly at so we can discuss the possibility of including those items within our museum. It is my goal to add as many objects to our collection as possible that can illuminate and highlight the Corps’ many accomplishments. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to preserving your memories.


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