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The sixth director of bands at Auburn University, Wilbur "Bodie" Hinton, passed away Tuesday, June 7, at the age of 95. A visitation will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 100 Church Drive in Auburn. The funeral will follow at 4 p.m.

“The Auburn Bands are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Wilbur "Bodie" Hinton,” said Director of Bands Rick Good. “Dr. Hinton was the sixth Director of Bands from 1956-69. In 1957, Dr. Hinton discarded the old gray cadet-style uniforms in favor of sharp "Yale-style" uniforms in crisp orange and blue. He insisted that Auburn men and women demonstrate class in all oaths of life – a tradition that still lives on in the Auburn Band program today. That spirit still lives on in the annual Bodie Hinton award, voted on by the members of the marching band and presented to the senior who best demonstrates the ‘Spirit and Excellence that is The Auburn University Marching Band.’”

Hinton was the namesake of the Auburn University Marching Band’s outdoor practice field, dedicated as the Wilbur “Bodie” Hinton Field in the fall of 1986. He became the band director in 1956. Hinton is also in the inaugural class of the Alabama Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.