Wilbur “Bodie” Hinton, former Auburn University Marching Band director, is dead at 95, according to the Auburn University Alumni Band. News of Hinton’s passing was announced on the Auburn University Alumni Band’s Twitter account.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Bodie Hinton at the age of 95," the statement reads. "Arrangements will be shared when known.”
Hinton directed the university’s marching band from 1956 to 1969 and was head of the Department of Music from 1969 to 1984.
The University’s marching band outdoor practice field was named after Hinton in 1986. According to the Auburn University Marching Band’s website, an annual award is given to a senior voted by the band who “demonstrates the ‘Spirit and Excellence that is the Auburn University Marching Band.”
Hinton’s accomplishments included being inducted in 2008 into the Alabama Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.