Virginia Tech Corps Of Cadets To Host First ‘Jazz On The Upper Quad’ Event

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The Southern Colonels, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets jazz ensemble.
The Southern Colonels, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets jazz ensemble.

by Carrie Cox

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will present the first ever “Jazz on the Upper Quad” event on Friday, April 20. The Southern Colonels, the Corps of Cadets 18-piece jazz orchestra, will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in front of Lane Hall. They are one of three ensemble groups of the Highty-Tighties, the corps regimental band. The concert is free and open to all. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.

The group will play music from the big band swing era, Latin, rock, and standards featuring, on vocals Cadet Emma Riegert of Leonardtown, Md., a sophomore majoring in political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who is a recipient of the Tom Dobyns Memorial Emerging Leader Scholarship and Cadet Tamiko Krish Acuna of Newport News, a freshman majoring in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Both are members of Air Force ROTC.

Skipper, the Corps of Cadets cannon, will be on display with members of Skipper Crew available to answer questions.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has produced military, public, and corporate leaders since the university was founded in 1872. It is one of just two military corps within a large public university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity, and self-discipline. In return, cadets achieve high academic success and a long-lasting camaraderie with fellow members.