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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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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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“Mamma Mia!” production prompts ABBA revisit

Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance presented

Troy University's Department of Theatre and Dance presented "Mamma Mia!" last week on the Troy Campus. (TROY photo/Mark Moseley)

Last Friday, a bus load of juniors and seniors from Tallassee High School attended the Troy University production of MAMMA MIA!  It was staged at the Claudia Crosby Theatre, inside C.B. Smith Hall (named for Charles Bunyan Smith, a former president of Troy University but also the founding superintendent of Tallassee City Schools). Our students were…

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