Holly Leech   
Commandant Office Manager

P:  (540) 464-7313
F: (540) 464-7748
E: leechhc@vmi.edu

Commandant's Office
Virginia Military Institute
Jackson Arch, Barracks
Lexington, VA 24450

The Pipe Band

Listen: When Johnnie Comes Marching Home Again - Scotland the Brave

Throughout History, the bagpipe has been used as an instrument of war; its sound can inspire troops into battle while simultaneously instilling fear into the hearts the enemy.

The VMI Pipe Band, directed by Maj. Burt Mitchell keeps this tradition alive, now as a ceremonial unit, instilling pride in the Corps of Cadets as a regular feature of on post parades and as musical ambassadors throughout the Eastern United States through concerts, parades, ceremonies and festivals.

  • Pipe Major:  Cadet 2nd LT Matthew Wendler
  • Drum Major:  Cadet Jacob Pullias

Scheduled Performances

9/1     - Labor Day Parade, Buena Vista, VA
9/26   - Frontier Culture Museum's Golf Tournament Dinner, Staunton, VA
10/18 - VMI/Navy half-time show, Annapolis, MD
11/15 - Boxing Tournament, Richmond, VA
12/6   - UKROP's Christmas Parade, Richmond, VA
1/31   - Wounded Warriors Tattoo, Englewood, FL
2/21   - Sons of the Revolution's George Washington, Birthday Dinner, Richmond, VA
4/11   - USMA Military Tattoo, West Point, NY


About the Uniform 

The tartan worn by the Pipes and Drums is the New Market Battlefield Tartan. Named for the battle in which the Corps of Cadets distinguished themselves, the primary colors of the tartan are the school colors of red, yellow, and white, along with blue-gray of cadet uniform.

Designed by Cadet Donny Hasseltine and Donald Frasier of Scotland, the tartan also has four minor stripes of Light Blue, Green, Dark Blue, and Black, which represent the four ROTC programs at VMI, that of Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines. The topcoat worn by the Pipe and Drums is the cadet Coatee, which is the standard formal parade uniform for Corps of Cadets.

For information about the Pipe Band, contact Maj. Burt Mitchell at mitchellb@vmi.edu


Col. John Brodie
Director of Music
P:  (540) 464-7646

Maj. Burt Mitchell
Pipe Band Director
P:  (540) 464-7231

208 Shell Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA  24450
F: (540) 464-7209