More than just an important part of sporting events, parades and other celebrations, our UTEP Marching Miners lay the foundation of Miner spirit for each event and create treasured memories for all through their performances. Approximately 97% of the student-musicians in the Marching Miners are from the El Paso area. We are proud to continue recruiting local and regional students to be “The Sound of the Southwest,” however, many of our students performed on rented or school-owned musical instruments when they were in high school, and are coming to participate in college band without an instrument.
The UTEP Marching Miners are in immediate and dire need of new trombones. At present, we have trombones that are being shared by two to three students in marching band, jazz band and instrumental methods classes. Many of the trombones in our current inventory are either in need of repair or are not designed to stand up to the rigors of a collegiate marching band.
Our goal is to raise $15,000.00 for a new trombone line that can make our UTEP Band look and sound the best.
Fun Band Facts:
The band program at UTEP includes students from every academic college and most academic majors on campus.
The athletic bands at UTEP – the Marching Miners and Miner Pep Band – performed at 68 events on campus or in the community during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Due to their outstanding reputation, the UTEP Marching Miners were invited to perform as the featured collegiate band at the 2019 UIL State Marching Championships in San Antonio.
The 2019 UTEP Marching Miners band has increased its members by nearly 20 percent from last year, growing from 193 to 230 members!
Of the 230 members of the 2019 Marching Miners, 54 percent are freshmen, which sets the band up to continue to grow in coming years.
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A gift of $50 supports the purchase of a trombone mouthpiece.