Amongst the clerks, boilermakers, carpenters, mechanics, and engineers were a slew of instrumentalists, singers, song writers, and composers. Together, they formed the Roanoke Shop Band. Here the band stands on the grounds of the Hotel Roanoke. Members of the band were responsible for composing the music for "Tech Triumph", which was adopted by the Cadet Corps of VPI as their victory song. So plentiful was the music talent amongst the N&W employees that each division could organize its own band for special events and local parades.
Images of Rail: Norfolk and Western Railway by Nelson Harris
11 January 1924
Nelson Harris; Virginia Museum of Transportation
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