John James Haynie, 89, Professor Emeritus of music, died Sept. 30 in Denton.
He joined the music faculty in 1950 and served as professor of trumpet for 40 years, renowned for his virtuoso solos and innovative instruction. His pioneering research in the field of video-fluoroscopic studies, in which he used moving X-ray images with sound to learn more about trumpet-playing mechanics, influenced trumpet pedagogy.
In 1984, he earned the ’Fessor Graham Award, the highest honor given by the student body, and in 1996, he received UNT’s Honorary Alumnus Award. Other honors included the Award of Merit from the International Trumpet Guild and the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation from the American Bandmasters Association. In Cisco, the town where he grew up, the J.J. Haynie Band Hall was named in his honor.
Haynie wrote three method books for trumpet and in 2007 published Inside John Haynie’s Studio: A Master Teacher’s Lessons on Trumpet and Life (UNT Press). When he retired in 1990, the publishing house Alphonse Leduc gave him individual copies of its entire library of trumpet works, which he donated to the UNT Libraries.
Haynie, who began playing a bugle at the age of 5, was considered a cornet prodigy. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and after playing solos for War Bond tours across Wisconsin, participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He later earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois.