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Former SOTS drum major passes away after battle with COVID-19

Former SOTS Drum Major Dr. Robert Lawrence died July 29. He was the Sound's first African American drum major in 1979.

Former SOTS Drum Major Dr. Robert Lawrence died July 29. He was the Sound's first African American drum major in 1979.

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.  

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

Dr. Johnny Long passed away at the age of 94 Monday night.

Dr. Johnny Long passed away at the age of 94 Monday night.

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,…

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Alumni chapters support the Sound of the South in trumpet purchase

Herald trumpets were added to the Sound of the South inventory thanks to the generosity of alumni. (TROY photo/Joey Meredith)

Herald trumpets were added to the Sound of the South inventory thanks to the generosity of alumni. (TROY photo/Joey Meredith)

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.

The…

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Newest SOTS members earn their medallions in pre-game ceremony

New Sound of the South members were presented their uniform medallions in a ceremony presided over by Chancellor Hawkins. (TROY photo/Chris Wallace)

New Sound of the South members were presented their uniform medallions in a ceremony presided over by Chancellor Hawkins. (TROY photo/Chris Wallace)

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…

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