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Love of music, bonds formed keep Sound of the South alumni coming back to perform

TROY alumni perform as a part of the Alumni Sound of the South during Saturday's football game.

TROY alumni perform as a part of the Alumni Sound of the South during Saturday's football game.

It may be a love of music that attracts students to Troy University’s Sound of the South Marching Band, but it is the bonds formed during the countless hours of rehearsing and performing that keeps the band’s alumni coming back year after year to perform in the Alumni Band.

Those former Sound of the South…

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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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