AUSTIN (KXAN) – Legendary Longhorn Band Director Vincent “Vince” DiNino passed away this morning, The University of Texas reports. He was 95.
DiNino was the band’s director from 1955 to 1985 and remained active with the band well into his 90s.
While under the direction of “Mr. D,” the Longhorn Band acquired Big Birtha, the world’s largest bass drum, adopted the western-style burn orange uniforms and marched in the inagural parades for President John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
“Vincent R. DiNino is to the Longhorn Band what Darrell K Royal is to UT football,” said Robert Carnochan, current director of the Longhorn Band. “Through his charm, wit, dedication, passion, talent and desire, he built our program to what it is today. He had the unbelievable gift to recall the most minute details about nearly all of the thousands of members of the band who came through the doors of UT.”
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Audio supplied courtesy the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History via the University of Texas.