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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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Past TROY drum majors reunite at Homecoming

Drum majors representing six decades took the field before the Trojans' Homecoming game against Georgia Southern.

Drum majors representing six decades took the field before the Trojans' Homecoming game against Georgia Southern.

Past Troy University Sound of the South drum majors representing six decades reunited for Homecoming this year.

The reunion, which came at the urging of TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., marked the first specific gathering of drum majors in Sound of the South history.

“Dr. Hawkins thought it would be a good idea to…

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Troy University unveils clock honoring Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.’s 30 years as Chancellor

Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. stand in front of a clock dedicated Saturday in honor of the Chancellor's 30 years of service to the University.

Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hawkins, Jr. stand in front of a clock dedicated Saturday in honor of the Chancellor's 30 years of service to the University.

“Time flies, but memories last forever.” Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University, recalled those words on Saturday, during a ceremony honoring his 30 years of service as the University’s chancellor.

Thanks to the help of generous donors, the University dedicated a clock, located in front of Smith Hall, in honor of Dr. Hawkins’…

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