Dr. Wilbur H. "Bodie" Hinton, Jr.

Born: Jan. 28, 1921, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

He was director of bands at Auburn University from 1956 to 1969 and served as head of Auburn University Department of Music from 1969 to 1984. The band practice field at Auburn University was dedicated the Wilbur "Bodie" Hinton Field in the fall of 1986. Dr. Hinton is a member of Phi Beta MU, The American Bandmasters Association, the Alabama Music Educators Association, MENC, Phi Kappa Phi, and ODK. He is a past president of the Alabama Music Educators Association and the Alabama Bandmasters Association. Dr. Hinton was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame in 1976.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame










More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auburn_University_Marching_Band

Dr. Wilbur “Bodie” Hinton became Band Director in 1956. Because of his contagious enthusiasm and help from the athletic department, especially Athletic Director Jeff Beard and Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan, Dr. Hinton was able to launch many efforts toward improvement. The band was widely acknowledged as a great marching band, and the A.U. Department of Music had the largest music major enrollment of any state school. The progress continued in 1957 when the band discarded the old gray cadet-style uniforms in favor of sharp “Yale-style” uniforms in crisp orange and blue. To Dr. Hinton, the Auburn Band owes its continuing commitment to hard work, enthusiasm, and most importantly class. He insisted that Auburn men and women demonstrate class in all paths of life. Today that spirit lives on in the annual Hinton Award, voted on by the Auburn University Marching Band and presented to the senior who best demonstrates the “Spirit and Excellence that is The Auburn University Marching Band.” The Auburn Band practices on Wilbur “Bodie” Hinton Field, one of the finest outdoor practice facilities in the country.

Source: http://band.auburn.edu/history/


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