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Amanda Taylor wins Vergil Parks McKinley Award at Troy University

Amanda Taylor receives the Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. She was nominated by Dr. Mark Walker (right), Director of Bands.

Amanda Taylor receives the Vergil Parks McKinley Award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. She was nominated by Dr. Mark Walker (right), Director of Bands.

Amanda Taylor, departmental secretary for the band program, has won Troy University’s Vergil Parks McKinley Award.

Taylor, who has been a member of the TROY staff since 2012, received the award from Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, during a ceremony on Tuesday at the Troy Campus. She was nominated by Dr. Mark Walker, Director of…

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Alumni chapters support the Sound of the South in trumpet purchase

Herald trumpets were added to the Sound of the South inventory thanks to the generosity of alumni. (TROY photo/Joey Meredith)

Herald trumpets were added to the Sound of the South inventory thanks to the generosity of alumni. (TROY photo/Joey Meredith)

When TROY alumni get the word their response can be overwhelming, just ask Dr. Mark Walker, director of bands.

“Scott Erb asked me to speak to the Birmingham alumni chapter, and in that one night, they filled a need we had in the band. It was incredibly humbling to see their generosity,” he said.

The…

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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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Knight family lands three generations in the Sound of the South

Three generations Knights serve the Sound of the South Marching Band.

Three generations Knights serve the Sound of the South Marching Band.

Hunter Lawrence barely has time to rest as he steps away from his spot with the Sound of the South, Troy University’s band, before the Trojans’ game against Texas State.

Decked out in his Sound of the South colors, he shuffles between his parents as his grandfather, Jim Knight, beams.

“None of this was expected,”…

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