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,…
Troy University has lost a legend. Dr. John M. Long passed away at his home on Monday evening at age 94 after a brief illness.
“Dr. Johnny Long has been an icon of Troy University and band music throughout the world. His leadership, not only of the Sound of the South Marching Band and the…
Mary Lynn Long flashes a proud smile when she describes her family.
“We have always been a band family,” she said.
Two buildings and one street on the Troy Campus bear the name of Long’s husband, TROY’s Director of Bands Emeritus Dr. John M. Long, who is responsible for adopting the Sound of the South…