University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Longhorn Band Records, 1901-2004

Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas Longhorn Band
Title: UT Longhorn Band Records
Dates: 1901-2004
Abstract: Scrapbooks, membership records, clippings, half-time scripts and charts, handbooks, programs, correspondence, organizational records, administrative files, publicity materials, photographs, slides, video and sound recordings document the University of Texas at Austin Longhorn Band primarily from the 1950s to 1990s.
Accession No.: 93-236; 93-342; 95-190; 95-239; 2007-131; 2009-083; 2016-018
OCLC No.: 67536132
Extent: 19 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The first University of Texas band, known then simply as the University Band or Varsity Band, was formed in 1900 by chemistry professor Eugene P. Schoch. Dr. Schoch recruited 16 students and supplied them with $150 worth of used instruments purchased from Jackson’s Pawn Shop in downtown Austin, TX. Dr. H.E. Baxter was the first director of the band that later became known as the Longhorn Band and the "Showband of the Southwest."

Vincent DiNino served as director of the band from 1955 to 1975. Under DiNino’s leadership, the band underwent a number of changes and developed many of the traditions that remain in practice today, such as the ringing of cowbells and the formation of the alumni band. The band acquired Big Bertha, known as the largest drum in the world, in 1955. Women, previously permitted in the band only as majorettes, were allowed to join as band members in 1956. The first black student joined the band in 1962.

The Longhorn Band has performed in the presidential inaugural parades of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush.

The Longhorn Band has approximately 360 members. Participation in the band is offered through a yearlong course with the Butler School of Music and is open to all academic disciplines. In the fall, the band performs at all University of Texas football games, pep rallies, and parades and in the spring conducts ensemble performances. The band is active in honorary band fraternities, including the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Beta Gamma chapter of Tau Beta Sigma.


"'A lump comes in our throats': The Longhorn Band’s Early Years."Alcalde 88 (November/December 1999): 96.

"Showband of the Southwest - The Longhorn Band: Part Two."Alcalde 88 (January/February 2000): 64.

"Longhorn Band: The Showband of the Southwest." University of Texas at Austin, Butler School of Music. Accessed February 13, 2013.

Scope and Contents

Scrapbooks, membership records, clippings, half-time scripts and charts, handbooks, programs, correspondence, organizational records, administrative files, publicity materials, photographs, slides, video and sound recordings document the University of Texas at Austin Longhorn Band primarily from the 1950s to 1990s.

Half-time scripts range in origin from 1956 to 1999, scrapbooks from the late 1950s to 1980s, and band member handbooks from the 1960s to 1990s. Photographs and slides of band members and performances date from as early as 1901. DVDs made from original films cover select half-time performances between 1955 and 2004.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Access to some negatives in this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further information.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these records is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Kent Kostka and UT Alumni Band maintain copyright of DVD material. Permission from copyright holder is required for duplication.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Byrd, David Harold, 1900-.
DiNino, Vincent R.
Subjects (Organizations)
Kappa Kappa Psi
Tau Beta Sigma
University of Texas at Austin.
University of Texas Longhorn Band -- Archives.
Marching bands.
Marching percussion.
Baton twirling.
Drum majors.
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Longhorn Alumni Band, Inc. Records, 1925-1994 and the Vincent R. DiNino Papers, circa 1910s-2011.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Longhorn Band Records, 1901-2004, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff.

Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, February 2013; Rachel Nellis, February 2016.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3F424 (05224071) Artwork, invitations, covers, 1975, 1986, undated
Awards, Sudler Trophy Award, 1986
Band calendars, 1961, 1974-1976
Clippings, 1950s
Newspaper clippings, 1960s
Clippings, 1970s
Clippings, 1980s
Clippings, 1990s
Clippings, undated
Clippings from loose scrapbook paper, 1955, 1960-1964, 1972
Constitution, By-laws, 1955, 1963
Correspondence, 1955-1981
Halftime charts, 1965-1969, 1970s[?]
Halftime scripts, 1956, 1958
Halftime scripts, 1960-1964
Halftime scripts, 1967-1969
Halftime scripts, 1973-1974
Halftime scripts, 1983, 1986, 1990
3F425 (05224082) Handbooks:
Flag section, 1981-1982
Freshman, 1965-1969
Freshman, 1973-1975
Freshman, 1984-1985
Instrument manager, 1970s[?]
Section leaders, 1973, 1975
History, References, Notes from Cactus, Daily Texan, Alcalde, undated
Memorandum, notes, DiNino, 1974, undated
Membership directories:
Spring 1971 through Fall 1973
Spring 1975 through Spring 1979
3F426 (05224130) Membership directories, 1983-1989
Membership, Summer address cards, 1991
Membership rosters, 1957-1960, 1963-1964, 1982-1983
Band Councils, accounting files, 1973-1976
Band Council, announcements, 1976, undated
Band Council, application forms, undated
Band Council, minutes, 1975, 1977-1978
Tau Beta Sigma, clippings, program, 1970, 1982, undated
Tau Beta Sigma, newsletters, 1966
Annual Awards Banquet, 1952-1990
Band-O-Rama, 1969-1977, 1984-1985
Concerts, 1933, 1959-1976, 1979, 1985
Graduation, 1973, 1976
Special events, 1957-1963, 1968, 1972-1976, 1984, 1988
Projects, Proctor W. Day Longhorn Band Rehearsal Hall, 1971
Proposal, European Trip, 1956-1958, 1961
Proposal, UT Band departure, 1963
3F427 (05224093) Publications, announcements, 1975-1976
Publications, Band Fan, 1975, undated
Publications, The Cadence, 1958-1960, 1967-1969, 1989
Publications, The script T, 1976-1978
Publications, Summer newsletters, 1960-1988
Publicity, News releases, 1982-1987
Publicity, Recruitment flyers, undated
Yearly reports, 1958-1959, 1992-1993
Songbooks, Bus 5's Reunion Banquet, 1960-1961
Song sheets, undated
Spring bands, 1981
Travel, Inauguration, "Bertha's Trip East," 1961
Travel, Trip to Peru, Clippings, Notes, Program, Lima brochure, DiNino report, 1972
UT Campus organizations, nomination requests, 1978
UT Centennial, Student leader reunion, Band suggestions, Planning calendars, Correspondence, 1981-1983, undated
3E112a Photo albums, scrapbooks:
Oklahoma U. games, 1982-1983
#1 and #2, 1989-1990
3E112b 1982-1983
Tau Beta Sigma, Honorary Society of the Longhorn Band, Fall 1971
Tau Beta Sigma, Beta Gamma Chapter, newsletters, 1970, 1987
Tau Beta Sigma, Beta Gamma Chapter materials, Caroline Bobbo, 1967-1970
"East with Big Bertha," 1961
Texas Color song, Danny Wolf, 1956
3So27 1971-1973
Oversized poster, undated
3E112c Administrative files:
Extra performance materials, 1987-1988
Miscellaneous band materials, 1971-1983, undated
Newsletters, 1968-1970
Past Longhorn Band directors, 1986-1994, undated
Press releases, publicity, 1981-1984, undated
Printing jobs information, photographs, 1982-1984
Rosters, 1959-1960, undated
Tau Beta Sigma materials, 1969-1987
Clipping Files:
Clippings, 1952-1995, undated
Texas Partners with Peru, 1972
3E112d Performance files:
Events programs, 1968-1995
Football game band programs, 1974-1981
Game scripts, itineraries, 1981-1982
Half-time charts, 1974-1975, 1978, undated
3S105.1 Photographs:
Band on formation, undated
Miscellaneous photographs, 1928-1984, undated
Miscellaneous negatives, undated
Contact sheets, Peru trip, 1972
8mm color movie film of UT Band, circa 1957
3So29 4 oversize mounted photographs, undated
3S251 Oversize photographs:
Halftime shows
Meredith Wilson, 1964
3S252 Longhorn Band, scrapbook, 1974-1975
Longhorn Band, scrapbook, 1955-1956
Longhorn Band, scrapbook, 1954-1955
3S270 Tau Beta Sigma, scrapbook, 1965-1967
Tau Beta Sigma, scrapbook, 1983-1984
3S271 Tau Beta Sigma, scrapbook, 1986-1987
Longhorn Band, scrapbook, 1968-1969
3S272 Tau Beta Sigma, 1981-1982
Beta Gamma, scrapbook (Tau Beta Sigma), 1970-1977
3S273 Glass negative, 1926
Assorted loose photographs, 1920s-1980s
Untitled scrapbook and loose photos, 1973?
Longhorn Band Yearbook (scrapbook), 1963-1964
3S274 UT Longhorn Band Freshman scrapbook, 1972
Longhorn Band, scrapbook, 1975-1976
UT Longhorn Band Freshman scrapbook, 1975-1976
UT Longhorn Band Freshman scrapbook, 1970
3S276 Longhorn Band, scrapbook, 1965-1966
3S369 Photographic material:
Negatives, undated
UT vs. Oklahoma, 1980
Halftime shows, 1960s
Halftime shows, undated
High school bands, orchestras, undated
Instruments, undated
Organizations, administration, undated
Parties, undated
Rehearsals, undated
Out of town, undated
Trips, New York, undated
Trips, Washington, D. C., Innaugural Parade, 1981
3S370 Recreation, 1970, 1984, undated
Band members, identified, undated
Band members, unidentified, undated
Band members, eating, undated
Band members, group photographs, undated
Band uniforms, undated
Benefactors, undated
Big Bertha, undated
Byrd, Harold, undated
Campus events, undated
Campus, UT, undated
Concerts, parades, undated
Assistant, undated
DiNino, Vincent (color), 1960s, 1970s, undated
DiNino, Vincent (black and white), 1950s, 1970s, undated
Richter, Glenn, 1950s, 1970s, undated
Games, boosters, undated
3S371 Photographs from loose scrapbook pages, pages 1-14, circa 1970s[?]
Photographs from loose scrapbook pages, pages 15-25, circa 1970s[?]
Photographs from loose scrapbook pages, pages 26-33, circa 1970s[?]
Scrapbook, "1957 Photos," Band halftime and rehearsal (3 volumes), 1957[?]
3S372 Scrapbook, "UT Longhorn Band Through the Years," Volume 1, 1939, 1945, 1955-1957
Scrapbook, black and white halftime photographs, UT Band and others, Volume 2, 1958, 1960-1961
Scrapbooks, Tau Beta Sigma, Fall pledges, photographs, biographies, narrative, 1972
Scrapbooks, Tau Beta Sigma, Spring pledges, photographs, narrative, 1972
Scrapbooks, Tau Beta Sigma, Spring pledges, photographs, narrative, 1973
3S373 Slide show, pictures date from 1901
Slide description
Tech trip, undated
Longhorn Band vs. New Mexico, 1988
2.325/Q106 Half-time scripts, 1956-1970
2.325/Q107 Half-time scripts, 1974-1978, 1980, 1999
Freshman and new members, 1981-1982, 1984-1985, 1988-1989
Flag section, 1984
Section leaders, 1981, 1996-1998
Percussion section, undated
The Instrumentalist, 1962
Marching Bands Through "The Eyes of Texas," by Vincent DiNino, 1974
Texas Music Educators Association, 1985
Vincent R. DiNino: A Celebration of Life, 2014
Correspondence, 1964, 1985, 1989-1991, 2007
Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma, 1986-1991
Correspondence, 1984-1990
Membership reports, 1986-1989, 1989-1990
Business meeting minutes, 1989
Chapter Committee Roster
Chapter directory, 1989-1990
Chapter operations handbook, 1989-1991
Constitution, Spring 1989
Publication, The Podium, Spring 1990
2.325/Q108 Concert performances,
Programs, announcements, itineraries, 1978, 1983-1999
Band awards and recognition, 1986, 2011, 2013
Press releases and clippings,
Miscellaneous, 1957, 1977, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1999, undated
Publicity letters, 1995
Publications, 1988-1989, undated
Texas Fight, 1988
Media Press Booklet, 1987
Special events,
Inaugural parade media, 1989
Fiesta Flambeau parade, 1989
Recruitment pamphlets, letters, directories, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, undated
Sheet music, marching charts, undated
Administrative files:
Band members, undated
Rob Hewlett
Libby Mullenix
Shirley Snipes
Unidentified members
Mr. "D" old photographs (photographs of Vincent DiNino)
Marching charts, undated
Reverse "T"
Miscellaneous shows
March Show #2
Baylor Game march Show #2
Blane Show opener
Radio-TV Programs, 1957, 1959
Band performances
Thumbnail photographs of band members
Drum major and twirler headshots,
Sam Carr
Deidra Dodson
Dawn Dodson
Longhorn Band, 1948-1949
Ronald Reagan Inaugural Parade, 1981
Lyndon B. Johnson Inaugural Parade, 1965
Headshots of Feature Twirlers,
Lynn Dell Schoedel
Deidra Dodson, 1977
DorRae Tubb, 1977
Performance photographs, 2003-2004, ca. 2000s
Texas and Arkansas, September 13, 2003
Texas at Rice, September 20, 2003
Texas and Tulane, September 27, 2003
UNT at Texas, September 4, 2004
Texas at Texas Tech, undated
Texas and LSU Cotton Bowl
Texas and Oklahoma, undated
Marching at UT, undated
CD of photographs, Texas at Rice, September 20, 2003
2.325/C113f DVDs made from the original films and videos of halftime shows [copyright Kent Kostka and UT Alumni Band—no duplication without permission]:
CDL 3 2007-131/1-2 [RESTRICTED] 734 packet of 4 x 5 black and white negatives of UT Longhorn Band halftime shows and formations; estimated total number of negatives at 4,000.
Sound Archives Record Album, The University of Texas Longhorn Bands, 1971-1972
Artifact Collection Wooden scrapbook cover, Tau Beta Sigma, 1981-1982