Scott Hanna to direct Longhorn Band

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One of the key institutions in Longhorn life has a new leader. Scott Hanna has been named director of the Longhorn Band and will begin this summer. Scott has been the band’s associate director for the past 16 years and also will be promoted to associate director of bands in the Butler School of Music.

Robert Carnochan, who directed the Longhorn Band for the past 13 years, will become the University of Miami’s director of wind studies and conductor of the Frost Wind Ensemble.

Scott will be just the 12th director of the Longhorn Band. He earned his master’s in music and human learning and doctorate in wind conducting here at UT. He received his undergraduate degrees in music education and instrumental music performance from LSU.

The Longhorn Band, also known as the Showband of the Southwest, was founded in 1900 and now includes more than 380 students from across many majors.

Congratulations, Scott, and Hook ’em Horns!

 

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Margaret Berry honored on campus

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Last Friday, it was my pleasure to help dedicate the Margaret C. Berry Atrium at the Student Activity Center on campus. Many of you know Dr. Berry personally through her work as UT’s dean of women, her sponsorship of many student organizations, and the popular histories she has written of our university.

The depth of feeling for Dr. Berry, now 96, was evident everywhere, from the three busloads of her fellow residents at Westminster Manor in attendance to Texas Exes of practically every vintage who returned to campus to honor her. The Longhorn Band and cheerleaders set the perfect stage for Dr. Berry, who has dedicated her life to so many student organizations that just reading a list of them took some two minutes.

We were honored to have Congressman Lloyd Doggett and Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, both UT alumni, on hand to honor Dr. Berry, along with Debra Law McKeown, Steve Poizner, Rick Potter, Cyndi Powell, and many others who led the alumni and student initiatives to honor Dr. Berry.

Her record of service to UT students has few equals. Congratulations, Margaret!

Hook ’em Horns!