Mighty Bruins

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Lyrics to "Mighty Bruins" on display at Pauley Pavilion.

"Mighty Bruins" is a fight song of University of California, Los Angeles sports teams. Composed by Academy Award-winning composer Bill Conti (with lyrics from UCLA students Barbara Lamb and Don Holley), the song was commissioned by the UCLA Alumni Association on its fiftieth anniversary. It debuted in 1984 at the football game against Stanford University, with the school marching band conducted by Conti himself.

UCLA uses the song as its "victory march"; it is usually played after touchdowns. As with UCLA's other fight song, Sons of Westwood, the Mighty Bruins prominently features the UCLA Eight Clap cheer.

Other UCLA fight songs[edit]

One of the reasons for commissioning the song was to give UCLA its own fight song, separate from the University of California, Berkeley. UCLA has used Sons of Westwood, taken from the Cal Big C tune, as its best known fight song since the All-California football weekends.

Another of the reasons for the commissioning was to replace some other lesser known UCLA fight songs such as Sing U.C.L.A., By the Old Pacific's Rolling Waters, Team, Hear our Song, and Fight on Men of Westwood.

  • Fight on Men of Westwood, simply known as "Fight", uses the tune written by David B. Zoob for Fight on Pennsylvania, a fight song of the University of Pennsylvania. Until the 1986 football season, "Fight" was played following a UCLA touchdown.
  • By the Old Pacific's Rolling Waters, or more simply "By", was written in 1948 specifically for UCLA by Thomas V. Beall.
  • Sing UCLA was written by Irving Bibo and appears on a number of recorded college football song compilations.
  • Team, Hear Our Song, simply known as "Team" has words by Don Davis, music by Harry Fillmore.
  • Strike Up the Band for UCLA was another leitmotif of the school teams from the time it was donated to the school by George and Ira Gershwin in 1936.

Although the UCLA Band no longer performs Fight on Men of Westwood, Team, Hear Our Song, or Sing UCLA (By The Old Pacific is still heard occasionally, and is featured on the official band CDs), they are a part of the musical repertoire performed by the UCLA Alumni Band as part of their pre-game concert during every home game.

Mighty Bruins today[edit]

Currently, at football games the UCLA Band plays "Mighty Bruins" after touchdowns and uses UCLA's other fight song, "Sons of Westwood", after first downs.

Other UCLA School songs[edit]

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