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Troy community remembers John M. Long, a Troy University icon

February 25, 2020

On Monday night, Troy University lost a legend in Dr. Johnny Long, the founder of “The Sound of the South” and a world-renowned director of bands.

As news of his death began to spread, social media became active with posts of remembrances for Dr. Long.

Troy University lost a great one tonight. Dr. Johnny Long, founder of “The Sound of the South” and most would say the best band director ever. RIP

Posted by Chip Dillard on Monday, February 24, 2020

We lost a great one. 😓

Posted by Angel Tillery Phelps on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Dr. Johnny Long inspired many people during his life. He had many sayings in life that really stuck in our lives. Some…

Posted by Michael O'Hara on Monday, February 24, 2020

Today we remember Dr. Long’s life and legacy – truly a pillar in the Troy community. —————————————————Founder of the…

Posted by Bill Jackson Ford on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

While I was never in the Sound of the South, I knew the impact Dr. Long had on every musician that played for him. I…

Posted by Aaron Taylor on Monday, February 24, 2020

God Speed Dr. Long You have touched and shaped more lives than you will ever know. Troy (State) University has lost a legend this day.

Posted by Jeff Herring on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

What were your memories of Dr. Long? Leave us a comment.