Former Auburn Band Director Wilbur “Bodie” Hinton dies, funeral arrangements announced

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Wilbur "Bodie" Hinton (Image: Auburn University Alumni Band FB Page)
Wilbur “Bodie” Hinton (Image: Auburn University Alumni Band FB Page)

AUBURN, Ala. – He may not have been the first band director at Auburn University, but he may have been the most well-known. Wilbur “Bodie” Hinton died this week at the age of 95.

He 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.

Wilbur "Bodie" Hinton (Image:
Wilbur “Bodie” Hinton (Image:

Hinton became the band director at Auburn University in 1956. Under his leadership, the band became widely acknowledged as a “great marching band.”

The Auburn Band website credits Hinton in it’s continuing commitment to hard work, enthusiasm, and class. Each year, the annual Hinton Award is given to the senior who best demonstrates the “Spirit and Excellence that is The Auburn University Marching Band.”

Hinton is also in the inaugural (2008) class of the Alabama Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.

Hinton’s funeral will be Thursday, June 9, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. It’s located on 100 Church Street in Auburn, AL.

Visitation is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. with a service to follow at 4:00.

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