Department of Music

Polly Middleton: Marching Virginians, Hokies Pep Band, Campus Band

Polly Middleton is the associate director of athletic bands at Virginia Tech and is the assistant director of the Marching Virginians, the director of the Hokies Pep Band, and conducts the Symphony Band and the two campus bands. Previous to her appointment at Virginia Tech, she received a doctorate in music education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She earned the master of music degree in wind conducting from Indiana University and she received a bachelor of music education degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she was a drum major for the Marching Illini.

Middleton was associate director of bands at Plainfield (Ill.) High School. She is an activate clinician and performer. She has worked with numerous high school bands as an adjudicator and clinician, and she played horn in the top ensembles at Indiana University and the University of Illinois.

Middleton is an honorary member of Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi, and received the Gary E. Smith award for excellence in the Marching Illini and Wind Symphony at the University of Illinois. Following her doctoral residency, Middleton received the A. A. Harding Award, the most prestigious recognition awarded for outstanding performance, achievement, and service to the University of Illinois Bands. In 2012, she received the Music Professor of the year award at Virginia Tech.

Polly Middleton