Marching Miners is the largest and most visible music ensemble at the University of Texas at El Paso with an annual enrollment of approximately 250 members. The group performs each year for over 250,000 spectators and has appeared at professional football games in San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver, and Houston. The Marching Miners perform at all UTEP home football games, selected away games and exhibitions throughout the southwest region.
Consisting of sections of brass, woodwind, percussion, color guard, and the GoldDiggers dance team; Marching Miners strive for musical excellence coupled with an exciting innovative visual presentation. In addition, the group serves as a spirit leader and musical ambassador for the UTEP athletic community. Membership is open to all students regardless of academic major by audition. A two-week pre-season camp is held in August of each year and attendance is required for all members. The ensemble rehearses three times a week during the fall semester (M, W, F) from 7:30am-9:20am. Service awards are available for all participating members.
Percussionists (both marching battery and front ensemble), color guard and GoldDiggers audition for the ensemble prior to the end of each spring semester in April and May. Interested applicants for these sections should contact the director for audition information. The ensemble is under the direction of associate director of bands and director of athletic bands, Professor Dr. Brandon Houghtalen