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.
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,…
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…
“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’…