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.
For 131 new Troy University students, Saturday marks more than just the opening of their first collegiate football season.
Saturday will also be the day they officially become members of the Sound of the South Marching Band – SOTS, “the Best Band in the Land.”
SOTS members wear a special medallion on their uniforms, and…