UVA Wise Marching Band Recruiting for Band Camp, Kicks off New Season

Marching Band members pose at Homecoming 2021

The UVA Wise marching band, the Marching Highland Cavaliers, will hold their band camp from August 6 to 13, after which they will kick off a full season of performances. All incoming UVA Wise students, as well as students attending Mountain Empire Community College, are encouraged to become a member of the band, which performs at UVA Wise at home football games at the College’s Smith Stadium.

The Marching Highland Cavaliers performances begin on September 1 with their traditional Papa Joe Smiddy Tribute Show as the UVA Wise football team takes on Ferrum College at 7 p.m. As always, the show will feature the Papa Joe Smiddy Bluegrass Band directed by Chris Rose,  UVA Wise guitar ensemble director and instructor.

This year, the tradition will take a new twist with the band using new music blending the bluegrass band with the marching band. 

On October 1 and 15 the Marching Cavs will perform rock and roll shows at halftime during football games at 3 p.m. and noon, respectively. These two shows will have a special mystery guest performer.

The band will close out the season on October 29 hosting Band Day, Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day during a noon football game. During this performance, the Marching Cavs host their annual band day, inviting all area bands to come for a combined band performance honoring our armed forces with Armed Forces on Parade. Visiting bands will be treated to a free meal prior to the game. 

The Marching Highland Cavaliers are directed by Richard Galyean, Director of Bands; Jenny Collins, Woodwind and Colorguard Director; Jason Bailey, Brass Director; and Michael Lester, Percussion Director. For information on band camp or how to become a Marching Highland Cavalier, email bands@uvawise.edu or call 276-328-0235.