Department of Music

David McKee: Marching Virginians, university bands

David McKee is in his twenty-second year at Virginia Tech, where he is director of The Marching Virginians. A native of Lynchburg, he received his B.M.E. from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in 1976 and his M.A.Ed. from Virginia Tech in 1986. He has done additional graduate study at Florida State University.

Under his direction, The Marching Virginians have performed throughout the nation for football games, parades and other activities, sharing performances with bands from the University of Texas, Florida State University, and most recently with the University of Kansas Marching Band at the 2008 FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami. The Marching Virginians have also performed for NFL games in Charlotte, Washington, Buffalo, and Tampa Bay. In addition to a demanding schedule of performances throughout the football season, The Marching Virginians are the model of Ut Prosim serving the university community through eleven Hokies for the Hungry canned food drives, two collaborative hurricane relief trips to New Orleans with the YMCA Student Programs at Virginia Tech, and many performances and presentations for public school students in the region. Over the past ten years, the Marching Virginians Alumni Association has developed into an exceptional source of networking and funding for the Marching Virginians, providing over a half-million dollars of support to the band.

In addition to directing The Marching Virginians, Mr. McKee conducts the University Symphony Band and Campus Band. He is an active guest conductor, clinician, and advocate for music education in the public schools. At the 2007 Virginia Music Educators Association Conference in Norfolk, he served as a percussionist, orator, and conductor within the span of forty-eight hours. In 2005, Mr. McKee was awarded a Certificate of Teaching Excellence by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. He is a member of the ACC Band Directors Association, past-president of the Big East Band Directors Association and has served on the Athletic Band Advisory Committee of the College Band Directors National Association. He and his wife, Charlotte, will celebrate their thirty-second anniversary in the summer of 2008. They have three children, with their youngest, Scott, completing his undergraduate degree in Forestry at Virginia Tech in 2009.

David McKee

The Marching Virginians