Former Longhorn Band Director Vince DiNino, a fixture at Royal-Memorial Stadium for decades, died September 9 at the age of 95.
Arriving on the 40 Acres in 1955, DiNino is credited with transforming a loosely organized collection of students into the now-celebrated Showband of the Southwest. Mr. D, as many alumni remember him, was himself a fine musician who performed with Frank Sinatra, Percy Faith, and Perry Como before concentrating on music education and development of the Longhorn Band. Under his leadership, the band performed at 17 bowl games, two presidential inaugurations, and toured overseas. He retired from UT in 1985, although he returned to conduct the band as recently as last year.
As Robert Carnochan, current band director put it, “Vincent R. DiNino is to the Longhorn Band what Darrell K Royal is to UT football.”
I can well remember, as many of you can, Mr. D’s exuberance while conducting the Longhorn Band. I will miss him.