Coal Mine

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About this cheer

This cheer is based on the song "Working in the Coal Mine", originally recorded by Lee Dorsey in 1966. Devo also recorded this song in 1981, coming up with a version that sounds much more like the one we play.

Instrumentation requirements

This cheer works with nearly any instrumentation. Ideally there should be a good low brass section to carry on the bass line through the melody B section, but if necessary this part can be played by anyone as the band starts off in unison.


There is an optional trumpet harmony part in the second phrase of the B section.

After the 2007 rewrite, the "coda" of the cheer was reduced to one phrase as opposed to two prior to the rewrite.