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Virginia Tech Honor Band Festival - January 24-26, 2025

The Virginia Tech Honor Band takes place annually in January in Blacksburg and accepts students by band director’s recommendation. Nearly 400 visiting students and their directors participate in rehearsals, clinics, and performances with Virginia Tech music faculty and guest clinicians. The weekend culminates with performances in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Moss Arts Center. This concert is free and open to the public. 

Bands will be conducted by:

Derek Shapiro

Derek Shapiro, Director of Bands, Virginia Tech

Emmett O'Leary

Emmett O'Leary, Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music Education, Virginia Tech

Eric Laprade

Eric Laprade, Director of Bands, The College of New Jersey

Dave McKee wearing a navy suit jacket, light colored shirt, and tie

Dave McKee, Retired Director - The Marching Virginians, Virginia Tech

Watch the live stream of the Virginia Tech Honor Band Concert below on Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.

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Like any college campus, parking at Virginia Tech can be challenging without a plan.  On Saturday and Sunday, all spaces are open without permits and parking is free, but Friday requires some planning. We cannot reimburse or forgive any parking tickets.

Parking for drop-off is the parking meters behind Squires on Alumni Mall

Parking is available at the Chicken Hill parking lot for $8 a day by using the ParkMobile app.

  • A shuttle will run between Chicken Hill and Squires Student Center.
  • The shuttle will run from from 7:30 a.m.-noon and 5:00-6:00 p.m on Friday only.

Parking for personal vehicles is available through the ParkMobile app, or through the purchase of a $8 daily permit.