The John M. Long School of Music hosted the 48th Annual Southeastern United States Honor Band and Clinic (SEUS) on Feb. 5, including about 400 high school students in the day-long virtual event.
The day consisted of honor band rehearsals as well as video contributions from multiple guest performers for the students to watch and learn from at…
Dr. Robert Lawrence, a native of Lanett, was the first African American elected to serve as Drum Major of the “Sound of the South” band in 1979.
The band that year was one of the largest in University history; in fact, a portrait of that special year is still displayed in Long Hall.
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.
Tonight is a sad night for @TROYUnews & the @Official_SOTS,…
When TROY alumni get the word their response can be overwhelming, just ask Dr. Mark Walker, director of bands.
“Scott Erb asked me to speak to the Birmingham alumni chapter, and in that one night, they filled a need we had in the band. It was incredibly humbling to see their generosity,” he said.