Lorraine Kubala: UTEP marching band director made 17-year impact

Full story: El Paso Times 6
The new year will bring changes for many people, but for UTEP music professor Curtis Tredway, 2010 is marking the end of one career and the beginning of another. Read more
Credit Is Due

El Paso, TX

#1 Jan 15, 2010
Curtis did not arrange the new fight song for UTEP. Gene Lewis, trumpet instructor arranged the music for the marching band in 1984.
Eutaxia

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jan 15, 2010
Some fact checking seems to be in order in regard to statements in this article. The UTEP fight song arrangement of Marty Robbins's song "El Paso" was created by Gene Lewis who, along with being a brass teacher, was also the director of the University Jazz Singers. His arrangement dates to 1984.
Art Rayon Jr

El Paso, TX

#3 Jan 15, 2010
Wasn't the Marty Robbins influenced fight song arranged by Gene Lewis back in the early eighties???
I remember playing it back then!
Proud Marching Miner

United States

#5 Jan 19, 2010
Dr. Tredway (I'm too sexy for my hair) transformed the Marching Miners in the 90's to what they are today! As a junior in High School in '93, I had an opportunity to play with the UTEP Marching Band during the High School Senior Bowl, and it was a joke. When I enrolled at UTEP in '94, under the direction of Dr. Tredway, I was amazed at how the Marching band had transformed. The Marching Miners have truly become the "Pride of the Southwest" under his direction. I met my wife as a proud member of the Marching Miners, and I will always be grateful to Dr. Tredway for turning around the program that I would not have joined in college if he had not turned it around.
I wish him the best of luck and many blessings to him and his family that he will now have an opportunity to enjoy.

Noel Candelaria
Tuba Player '94-'99
UTEP '02
lover of the game

United States

#6 Aug 28, 2010
Eutaxia wrote:
Some fact checking seems to be in order in regard to statements in this article. The UTEP fight song arrangement of Marty Robbins's song "El Paso" was created by Gene Lewis who, along with being a brass teacher, was also the director of the University Jazz Singers. His arrangement dates to 1984.
Some fact checking seems to be in order in regards to your statement. Although Gene Lewis wrote the fight song, his arrangement hasn't been used in years. I clearly remember seeing "written by Gene Lewis, arranged by Curtis Tredway" on my music while in band. Directors who know how to arranage like to change things according to their situation. Hopefully you won't hear the marching band this year under their new director and assume he didn't change anything as well, cause he has. "UTEP Fight Song: Written by Gene Lewis, arranged by T Andre Feagin" It's still the fight song, it's still Gene Lewis' piece, just better
Mike Lewis

Cedar Park, TX

#7 Apr 26, 2013
I know I'm a couple years late on this thread, but T Andre Feagin's arrangement of my dad's song isn't "better"...it's just different. Every Director has their own style and want to leave their own legacy on UTEP.

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