University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Vincent R. DiNino Papers, [ca. 1910s]-2012

Descriptive Summary

Creator: DiNino, Vincent R.
Title: Vincent R. DiNino Papers
Dates: [ca. 1910s]-2012
Abstract: Correspondence, publications, photographs, slides, and printed material comprise the Vincent R. DiNino Papers, [ca. 1910s]-2011, documenting his career in band conducting and his wife Jane’s support and involvement.
Accession No.: 2009-345; 2010-236; 2011-239; 2013-119
Extent: 2 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Vincent R. DiNino, known to colleagues and students as Mr. D., directed the University of Texas Longhorn Band from 1955 to 1975, and continued as Director of Bands for the School of Music until retirement in 1985. DiNino graduated in 1941 with a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota, where he met his wife Jane Dahlgren (1918-2008). After serving as Chairman of Public School Music in Alexandria, Minnesota, he became the first full-time Director of the Longhorn Band. Under his leadership, the band acquired Big Bertha, the world’s largest bass drum, opened the band to women and minorities, adopted their well-known western style uniforms, and marched in the inaugural parades of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. DiNino also published Marching Bands through “The Eyes of Texas” (Minneapolis: Schmitt Music Centers, 1974) and numerous articles. Although retired, he continues to conduct and speak at special events, and at age 90 returned to UT in an assisting capacity for the Longhorn Band.

DiNino's wife Jane became as well-known and well-loved as her husband among the band students and alumni. The First Lady of the Longhorn Band, Mrs. D. designed and sewed the original flags for the band, served as “house mother” to the thousands of students during her husband’s tenure, and helped to found the Longhorn Alumni Band. She also helped edit and research his book, Marching Bands through “The Eyes of Texas” and his many articles.

The couple never stopped involving themselves in the Longhorn Band and Longhorn Alumni Band (LHAB), established in 1964. While serving on the Board of Directors for the LHAB, the DiNinos set up the Jane and Vincent R. DiNino Honorary Scholarship and the Jane Dahlgren DiNino Scholarship for Longhorn Band members. In 2000, they donated $500,000, half the funds for establishing the Vincent R. and Jane DiNino Chair in Music to benefit students of the Longhorn Band.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, publications, photographs, slides, and printed material comprise the Vincent R. DiNino Papers, [ca. 1910s]-2011, documenting his career in band conducting and his wife Jane’s support and involvement. The collection also provides insight into their post-retirement activities with UT, the Longhorn Band, the Longhorn Alumni Band, Inc., and as guest conductor or speaker at numerous events.


Access Restrictions

Access to portions of this collection are restricted due to privacy or preservation issues.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
DiNino, Vincent R. -- Archives.
DiNino, Jane.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas.
University of Texas Longhorn Band -- Alumni and alumnae -- Societies, etc. -- History -- Sources.
University of Texas Longhorn Band -- Funds and scholarships -- History -- Sources.
University of Texas Longhorn Band -- History -- Sources.
Longhorn Alumni Band -- History -- Sources.
Bands (Music) -- Texas.
Bandmasters -- Texas -- Austin.

Related Material

  • Longhorn Alumni Band Records
  • UT Longhorn Band Records
  • UT School of Music Records
  • Bayard, Robert The Longhorn Band Legacy of Vincent DiNino. Student paper, University of Texas, 1996. Call number: LD 5332.8 D565 B3 1996.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vincent R. DiNino Papers, [ca. 1910s]-2011, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, March 2010.

Subsequent revisions made by Evan Usler, August 2011, and Colleen Hobbs, October, 2016.

Detailed Description of the Papers



4C334 Longhorn Alumni Band, Inc.:
Administrative notebook, 1988-1995
Administrative materials, 1969, 1988-1994, undated
LHAB Charitable Fund, Inc. Presentation by Jack T. Keene, Jr., January 29, 2007
Board of Directors materials, 2000-2002
Annual Reunion programs, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2007
Longhorn Alumni Band Newsletters, December 1970-September 1973
The Blast: UT LHAB Newsletter, 1980, 1993-2005
LHAB Roster and notes on contacts, 1972-1973, undated
LHAB Directories, 1998-2001
Blank LHAB Scholarship Certificates, undated
Blank LHAB Honorary Member Certificates, undated
DiNino Chair and Biographical Info, 1998, 2000-2001
Alum Band Archives, Correspondence [and photos and articles], 1960, 1965,1998-2007
Info on the Center for American History and LHAB Archives, 1991-1995
President’s Concluding Remarks by H.B. Dunagan, Jr., School Songs, 1967
Publications and printed material:
Articles on LHB playing at Reagan’s inauguration, 1980-1981
Newspaper articles, 1958, 1965-1967, 1972, 1996-2009, 2011
Acalde Articles/Longhorn Memories Book, May 2008
Alcalde with DiNino article, Nov/Dec. 2008
UT School of Music’s Words of Note, Fall 2005, 2006, Fall 2008
UT School of Music’s Words of Note, p. 27 on DiNino Chair, Fall 2005
Publications, 1996-2001, 2009
"Mr. 'D' Vincent R. DiNino; The UT Longhorn Band Photo Album, 1955-1975", undated
Publications, 1974, 2005-2013
Longhorn Band:
History of the Longhorn Band and the LHAB, includes letter by Walter S. Hunnicutt about writing "Texas Fight" and about "The Eyes of Texas", Oct. 1, 1952, [2005]
Longhorn Band member roosters, 1956-1975
Photocopies, undated
Mementos and drawing [photocopies], 1983, 2009, undated [ca.1930s]
Longhorn Band Walkway Donation forms, undated
Longhorn Band Newsletter, Summer 1964
Longhorn Band [programs and publications], 1956-1971
Playbills, 1997-2003, [1959]-1961
Programs, 1950-1951, 1961, 1971-1973, 1992, 1998, 2006-2008, 2012-2013
Compositions, undated
Certificates, 1967, 1974
General, 1964-1989, 1994-2009
Letter from R.W. Tillerman, CEO and Chairman of Exxon Mobil, March 28, 2006
Letter from George Bush, 1972
Letter from John Connally, 1964
Letter from Lyndon Baines Johnson [photocopy], 1961
Ely High School Reunion, 1995
Letter to Tau Beta Sigma Actives and Pledges August 3, 1963
Recommendation materials, 2009
Letter from Grady L. Hallman, M.D., with biography and Texas Exes award Oct. 15, 2009
College Band Directors Nat’l Assn Membership Directory, 1999-2001
Texas Bandmasters Association Meeting-Hall of Fame Ceremony, July 27, 1998
Blocker Meitzen’s What Alphas Know draft, August 6, 2009
Appointment Calendar, 2005
Alexandria [Minnesota] High School Reminiscences by Conrad Muzik, undated
Contacts, interview information, and correspondence, 2009, undated
Scrapbook pages - thesis correspondence, newspaper article, 1948, undated [1940s]
Autographed copy of “Guion’s Home on the Range,” arranged by David W. Guion, 1969
Assorted materials:
European tour brochure, led by DiNino, 1968
Internet printouts about UT Orange Jackets and UNT’s Meritum Chapter of Mortar Board, April, 6, 2009
Printout of UT Music for sale by Southern Music Co., January, 23, 2003
Free admission ticket to the Blanton from the Littlefield Society, undated
2.325/OD10 Get Well Soon signed Poster, undated
2.325/K82 Newspapers, 1971, 1984, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2007
Posters, [ca. 1970s], 1987
2.325/E453 Scrapbook of H.B. Dunagan, Jr., 1925-1928, 1976
Loose items removed from front of H.B. Dunagan, Jr.’s scrapbook, 1927, undated
Bandmaster of the Year materials, Texas Bandmasters Association Conference, July 2011
3X349 Photographs:
Alumni Band Day and rehearsal, 2002, undated
Longhorn Band:
Freshmen 45532 [contact prints of band members], 1977-1978
Janice Crosby 77-78 [photos of band members and twirlers], [ca. 1977-1990s]
Contact prints of band members, [ca. 1977-1979]
Contact prints of band, [ca. late 1970s-1980s]
UT band members, [ca. 1950s/1960s], [ca. 1990s]
Grady Hallman before Orange Bowl in Miami, 1948
Buddy Crutchfield, undated
Sally Nichols, undated
Original Forms [historic photos of UT band], 1932-1954
Drum wranglers at Memorial Stadium [deframed], 1980
Historic photos of the Longhorn Band, [ca. 1910s]-1949, [ca. 1970s/1980s]
Longhorn Band in Memorial Stadium, 1948
Longhorn Band in old band hall, 1949
Backyard Party with Col. Byrd, 1948
Band Formation at Baylor, 1954
Band Formation at LSU, 1956
Possible Longhorn Band, [ca. 1920s-1930s]
Jacky Gilbert and P.M., September 25, 1954
DiNino with the Longhorn Band [photographs removed from a black plastic photograph book], [ca. 2000s]
Assorted, [ca. 1980s-2000s], 1994, undated
Longhorn Band and formations, [ca. 2000s]
Longhorn Band formations:
Texas-OU game, undated
OU at Texas game, undated
UT at [Texas] Tech, October 23, 2004
Texas at OU, undated
Oklahoma State at UT, November 6, 2004
TCU at UT, undated
Texas vs. Louisville, undated
"DiNino" and "Texas" formations, [ca. 2000s]
Texas at Rice, October 20, 2003
Assorted, undated
Vincent DiNino:
Events honoring DiNino, [ca. 1960s]-2012
Birthday celebration, honoring events, conducting, 2009
DiNino with the Longhorn and Alumni Bands, [ca. 1990s-2000s]
DiNino and family, [ca. 1920s], 1945-[ca. 1970s]
DiNino with Duke Ellington, [ca. 1970s]
Autographed photo of Jim Connally with Jane and Vincent DiNino, [ca. 1970s]
DiNino with two other horn players (holding French horns), [ca. 1950s/1960s]
DiNino at Jane DiNino Memorial Service, Fredricksburg, TX, 2007
Autographed photos of DiNino with Richard Nixon and Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1971
Miscellaneous photos [photocopies], [ca. 1950s?], 1971, 2001, 2009-2012
UT class rings, undated
Print of two girls on a Horse, undated
Sixth Manned Apollo Crew, undated
2AA55 9 photographs of Camp Roberts, California, including images of regimental band, 14" X 12" on cardboard backing, [ca. 1945]
Longhorn Band formations:
Texas-OU Game taken from Press Box by Kent Kostka, October 6, 2001
Texas-Baylor game, 2001
Texas at Rice, October 20, 2003
UT at [Texas] Tech, October 24, 2004
Oklahoma State at UT, November 6, 2004
Texas-OU game, undated
Texas at OU, undated
UT at Oklahoma, undated
Assorted, [ca. 2000s], undated
Longhorn Band
Freshmen 45532, 1977-1978
Freshmen Pictures 45645, 46, 47, 1977-1978
DiNino Family Pictures, [ca. 1960s-1970s]
Longhorn Band and travel pictures, [ca. 1960s-1970s]
2.325/E473 [RESTRICTED:]
DiNino Fund donations, 1974
DiNino Chair financial information, 2000-2005
Family photo with personal finances, 2009