Former Longhorn Band Director Vince DiNino Named 2011 Texas Bandmaster of the Year

Jan. 13, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) has named Vincent DiNino, director emeritus of the University of Texas Bands, as the 2011 Bandmaster of the Year.

DiNino became the first full-time director of the Longhorn Band in 1955 and made significant changes that gained the band national prominence and transformed it into the Showband of the Southwest. Under DiNino's direction, the band began admitting women and people of color, band members were held to higher standards of musicianship and marching technique and the Longhorn Band uniform changed to the cowboy style that is used today.

"Mr. DiNino's influence and vision as director of the University of Texas Longhorn Band continues to be the model for major college marching bands," said Don Haynes, president of TBA. "His great enthusiasm and the large size of the Longhorn marching band brought a new pageantry to college football. For three decades his leadership greatly influenced high school and college directors through his work as an educator at The University of Texas at Austin."

DiNino will be honored at the TBA convention in a luncheon ceremony in San Antonio on July 26.

The Longhorn Band is a year-round program offered as a course by the Butler School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. Registration is open to students across the academic disciplines at The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information, contact: Leslie Lyon, College of Fine Arts, 512 475 7033.

2 Comments to "Former Longhorn Band Director Vince DiNino Named 2011 Texas Bandmaster of the Year"

1.  J. Donald Robertson said on Sept. 18, 2011

I am a former high school band director from the state of Indiana. I met Mr. DiNino years ago and had the pleasure of being in his company many times at various conventions. He was a national leader in music education and I'm so very happy for him to be recognized by the Texas Bandmasters Association. Congratulations to Mr. DiNino and " Hook Em' Horns."

2.  Leslie Lyon-House said on Sept. 19, 2011

Thanks for the kind comment! I'll be sure Mr. DiNino sees your thoughtful message. Hook Em! Leslie