UTEP has had a number of official and unofficial fight songs over the last several decades. In 1932, “Men O’ Mines” was penned by biology professor Burt Franklin Jenness. It was set to music by the band director, and performed regularly at games.
In 1956, “Men O’Mines was reworked with a few minor changes as the new alma mater for Texas Western College.
The fight song we’re all familiar with today was adapted in the early 1980s by band director Gene Lewis and was loosely based on Marty Robbins’ country western classic, “El Paso.” Subsequent band directors have made arrangements of this tune, with slight variations.
Ringtones of several of UTEP’s fight songs are being released during the Centennial Celebration.
Download a ringtone by clicking HERE: http://centennial.utep.edu/gear.html
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.