School Finalizes Fight Song


Yasmine Munoz

Daja Dansby, Editor

After 15 years of performing the fight song, which is based off the University of Michigan’s, the band directors finalized alterations to it over the summer.

“For me, a fight song is a rally cry,” Band Director Eric Mullins said. “It’s something to take pride in your school. We play it after we score a touchdown and when we’re celebrating our athletics teams. It’s a bit of identity.”

One reason the alterations were made was to make the fight song closer to the University of Michigan’s.

“All we did really was add an intro,” Mullins said. “The University of Michigan’s fight song is much longer than ours. Our fight song is the trio of the march. The major difference is we brought it down a full step so it’s a little easier to sing because it’s lower and we added the woodwind part. The melody is the same; the harmonies are just a little different.”

The new version includes more notes for woodwind instruments.

“The band loves it,” Drum Major Agustin Martinez said. “It’s way more fun to play. At first the woodwind players were hesitant because it’s a much more difficult song but after practicing it and playing it 1,000 times, they got it down easily and they’re enjoying it.”

After Mullins approached administration about altering the song, they expressed interest in possibility taking the M out of the chant.

“On all of our material, we don’t really use the Mansfield part of Mansfield Timberview High School anymore,” Mullins said. “The M is pretty much gone from all the Timberview logos so me and the other football and cheer sponsors were tasked with coming up with a way to change the chant. The easiest way to do that and for it to still rhyme was for us to change the M to Go. It worked perfectly.”

Mullins said that most people understand the reason for the changes.

“We never say that we’re from Mansfield Timberview High School, just like Summit doesn’t say Mansfield Summit,” he said. “We have our own identity away from Mansfield High School and that’s the whole point, for us to be our own school. We’ve been around for many years, it’s about time we had our own identity.”

Senior DeJia Price said that after leaving high school she will remember both versions.

“At the end of the day, it’s my high school fight song and they get changed overtime,” she said. “I’ve played both and they’ve both played into events in my life that I’m going to look back on.”